A unique programme of three ballets choreographed for the Company. The programme was one of the biggest challenges Duchy Ballet has yet undertaken necessitating visits to the United States (work combined with holiday and much pleasure) and long discussions over the appropriate music for the ballets and the style of design and costumes.
First seen in 2003, the ballet was recreated by Terence Etheridge who also starred as Tom Bawcock. It was danced with great verve by its young cast and graced by a sinuous Chika Temma as Mowzer and Zhanat Atymateyev as the commanding Storm Cat. A special performance for 5 year olds was a resounding success introducing a whole new audience to ballets. The music for The Mousehole Cat was composed by Ian Hughes. Sadly Ian did not live to see this revival. In early 2004 he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. In the ensuing months he bore himself with great courage and dignity but lost the unequal battle in the autumn. Ian is buried in Cornish soil overlooking the sea in Feock churchyard, amidst the countryside he had come to love.
This was one of two ballets by guest choreographer Alun Jones. Danced to the joyous “Matinees and Soirees Musicales” of Benjamin Britten, the company learnt to dance “comedy” as the ballet took a tongue-in-cheek look at the burgeoning tourist industry of the 1930s and parodied the end-of-pier entertainment. A simple set design and excellent lighting provided the sunny atmosphere brought to a close when a heavy shower clears the beach and the promenade.
A heart-rending one act dramatic ballet danced to Wagner’s “Prelude and Liebestod”, the ballet is an extended pas de deux with other principal characters and a chorus representing the ebb and flow of the sea. Our guest artists were Sarah Comstock and Jason Cox from the USA which enabled Alun Jones to work creatively with them before their arrival in Cornwall. The ballet showed the giving of the love potion to Tristan and Isolde and the dreadful consequences which ensue. This is undoubtedly the most mature and dramatic work which Duchy Ballet has staged. The interpretation by the principals was extremely moving and they were ably supported by the other characters and the chorus danced by the full-time students of the Dance College of Cornwall who joined Duchy Ballet for the production
Mowzer - Chika started her ballet training at her mother's ballet school in Osaka, Japan before attending the Royal Ballet School and the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St Petersburg, Russia. She joined the St Petersburg State Academic Theatre, dancing at the Kirov and Bolshoi Theatres and touring in Germany, Poland, Finland, Spain, Malta, Taiwan and Korea.
She has danced all the major pas de deux as well as Odette/Odile in 'Swan Lake', Clara in 'The Nutcracker' and Swanilda in 'Coppelia'. Since 2000 she has been principal dancer at the Swansea Grand Theatre Wales. Chika performed with Duchy Ballet as Odette/Odile in our 2004 performance of 'Swan Lake'.
Storm Cat and King Mark - Zhanat was born in 1976 in Almaty, Kazakstan, then a province of the Soviet Union. From the age of 10 he attended Almaty Ballet School for 8 years until 1994. Since then Zhanat has dances successively with the Opera and Ballet Theatre, Almaty (1994-96), the National Theatre of the Slovak Republic (1996-97) and the Opera and Ballet Theatre, Kazan, Russia (1997-2000)
He is now a principal dancer at the Ballet Russes based at the Swansea Grand Theatre, Wales. He has also been a guest principal dancer with the Russian National Ballet, the State St Petersburg Ballet, Ballet Ireland and Cork City Ballet. His roles have included Rothbart in 'Swan Lake' the Bluebird in 'Sleeping Beauty'; the Prince in 'Nutcracker' ; Basilio and Espada in 'Don Quixote'; Albrecht in 'Giselle'; Almet and Ali in 'Le Corsaire'; Romeo and Paris in 'Romeo & Juliet'; Toreso in 'Carmen' and Franz in Coppelia. Last year Zhanat won high praise for his performance in our production of 'Swan Lake'
Isolde - Sarah was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and began her dance training at the University of Louisville Dance Academy( then the official school of the Louisville Ballet). She supplemented her training with summers at the San Francisco Ballet School, the Pittsburgh Ballet and the School of A?merican Ballet (New York City's ballet school).
While still a student Sarah created the role of the young Charlotte Bronte in Jack Carter's ' The Natives of Dreamland'. She joined the Louisville Ballet in 1995 and was promoted to the rank of soloist in 2000. Equally at home in the Modern Dance repertory as well as the Classical repertory, Sarah has danced soloist and principal roles in Paul Taylor's 'Esplanade', David Parson's 'Bachiana' and 'The Envelope' and George Balachine's 'Who Cares?'.
Her Classical roles include Kitri in 'Don Quixote' Alice in 'Alice in Wonderland', the Autumn Fairy in 'Cinderella' and the third movement in Alun jones''Frescoes'. She has also danced soloist roles in 'Swan Lake', 'The Sleeping Beauty', 'The Nutcracker Variations for Piano & Orchestra', Anthony Tudor's 'Fandango' and created roles in 'Peter Pan' and 'Our Evenings and Our Goodnights'. Sarah has performed with the Chattanooga Ballet, Northwest Florida Ballet, Beth McNeill and New Performing Arts.
Tristan - Jason was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He started his dance training at Connally's Dance Workshop in San Antonio where he studied with Susan Connally, Judith Gani and Charlton O'Neal. He has also participated in the Joffrey Ballet School's Midwest Workshop.
As a member of the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet Jason has performed principal and soloist roles in many ballets, including Philip Broombear's 'Cinderella', Alun Jones' 'A Midsummer Nights Dream', in shich he danced the part of Lysander and, most recently, he created the Birds of Paradise Pas de deux and the Empress of the Pagodas' cavalier in 'Beauty & the Beast'. He performed in Harison McEldowney's 'Dancesport' at the Southwest Ballet Festival in Galveston, Texas and the pas de deux from Charlton O'Neal's 'Shostakovitch Piano Concerto number two' in the Gala Performance at the same Festival.