Tchaikovsky meets Street Dance with SWAN LAKE RELOADED at London Coliseum in August

6-10 August 2013

Since its premiere in 1895, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake has been an inspiration for generations of choreographers and directors. Now Sweden’s Fredrik Rydman brings SWAN LAKE RELOADED - where Tchaikovsky meets Street Dance - to the London Coliseum for seven performances only from 6 – 10 August 2013.

As one of the founder member of Bounce and with a background as a dancer in the Cullberg Ballet, Rydman has created an eclectic mixture of street and contemporary dance, which fuses with modern technology to transport Swan Lake into the 21st century. Integrating the technical, acrobatic and highly sophisticated choreography of street dance into a familiar narrative concept, SWAN LAKE RELOADED is one of the most spectacular re-imaginings of the classic ballet in recent memory.

There are no tutus or traditional ballet elements here; smartphones, motorised sets and dazzling special effects create a totally new environment for this incarnation of Swan Lake, which is unlike any other dance show London has ever seen. Rydman not only uses the remixed music of Tchaichovsky but also work that was originally composed for the show by a host of Swedish and international pop, rock and electro musicians, including Moneybrother, Salem Al Fakir and Adiam Dymott.

The iconic tale of Prince Siegfried and Odette is seamlessly transported into the modern age. The swans become heroin-addicted prostitutes, dressed in white fur and high-heeled boots. Rothbart, now a pimp and drug dealer, rules with an iron fist and controls his ‘swans’ with drugs. As Odette and Prince Siegfried fall in love, Rothbart uses any means he can to quash their budding romance. In a world of greed, addiction, lies and deception, love must conquer temptation and break Rothbart’s evil spell.

The show premiered in Stockholm in December 2012 where it proved a huge hit with over 70,000 tickets sold. It went on to enjoy sell-out seasons in Berlin, Essen, Frankfurt, Munich and Vienna, and will visit Gothenburg, Hamburg and Paris later in 2013.

Rydman is best known in his capacity as a founding member of the successful Swedish dance company Bounce with which he created and toured ten productions around the world, including Insane in the Brain. In the fall of 2012, he was the Creative Director and choreographer for the Swedish X-Factor and he is currently the Creative Director for the interval acts at the Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden.
Lighting designers Linus Fellbom and Emma Westerberg, who have worked with stars such as Bjork, Damian Rice and Rufus Wainwright, have created an elaborate and intoxicating light-scape, which pushes the boundaries of modern theatre technology.

Set and costume designer Lehna Edwall is a regular collaborator with Rydman, whose numerous credits include set designs for Stockholm City Theatre, the Royal Danish Theatre and Royal Dramatic Theatre for shows such as HEdda Gabler, Death of a Salesman and Angels in America. She recently custom designed Krister Henrikson’s costumes in six episodes of Wallander.


6 – 10 August 2013

London Coliseum
ST Martin’s Lane

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday @ 7.30pm
Friday @ 5.30pm & 8.30pm

How to book: (£1.75 booking fee applies)
02078459300 (£3.50 booking fees  applies)

£10 - £65 (special £20 tickets in stalls for students in advance)