28 November 2019 12:00 - 13:00

Re-Imagining Swan Lake (Webinar)

The webinar will introduce you to some of the choreographic re-imaginings of a key work in the ballet canon, Swan Lake (1895). The webinar explores older and more recent choreographies by a range of global dance artists such as of Swedish Mats Ek, Australian Garry Stewart, South African Dada Masilo, and French Jérôme Bel.

Participants will gain insight into selected moments from choreographies created in the latter parts of the 20th and early 21st centuries: Swan Lake (1987), Bird Brain (2000) and Veronique Doisneau (2004). Approaches to re-imagining the narrative(s), the nature of the swan and choreographic modes will be analysed through watching selected film clips, alongside reviewing a selection of writings on these ballets.

As part of the webinar, participants will be prompted to reflect on the choreography observed and the contributions made by Ek, Stewart, Masilo and Bel in view of the global shifts in rethinking ‘Swan Lake’.


The aims of this webinar are to:

  • Provide insights into the legacies of Swan Lake (1895)
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of choreographic re-imaginings of Swan Lake by Mats Ek, Garry Stewart, Dada Masilo and Jérôme Bel
  • Gain appreciation of the choreography in works such as Swan Lake (1987), Bird Brain (2000) and Veronique Doisneau (2004)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, participants will

  • have an increased understanding of classic ballet repertoire and eclectic rethinking of the themes, narratives and choreography of the repertoire
  • have enhanced understanding of the nature of ‘’re-imaginings’ of seminal works in ballet histories
  • be able to recognise some of the choreographic features associated with the selected case studies and choreographers
  • have awareness of the observational and analytical skills required for examining recent choreographies

About the Presenter

Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel is Head of Research in the Faculty of Education, editor of Focus on Education, and has published in Dance Chronicle, the South African Dance Journal, and The Times of Malta. She has written Princess Nathalie Poutiatine and the Art of Ballet in Malta (forthcoming, 2019) and co-edited a significant anthology on contemporary ballet (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). From 2005-2016, Kathrina led modules on 20th and 21st Century ballet and dance histories at the Faculty of Education. Find out more information on her role at the RAD.

CPD Hours

1 hour Time-Valued CPD


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Key Information

Time Fee
12:00 - 13:00 Member Fee: £15
Non-Member Fee: £20