The final preparations are well underway ahead of the opening night of Swan Lake in the Opera House on November 7. This year, Alan has deviated from the traditional tragic narrative, instead favouring to conclude the ballet with a happy ending.
Cork City Ballet, performing ‘Swan Lake’ at the Opera House in 2015.
Alan Foley with friend and former ballet dancer Katherine Lewis, RIP, who died tragically while on holidays last April. This year’s production of Swan Lake will be particularly poignant for Alan as it pays tribute to his late friend and former ballet dancer, Katherine Lewis, who passed away earlier this year.
“The last time we did Swan Lake in 2015, it was a memorial production for Donna Daly, and similarly I wanted to honour Katherine at this year’s production. I am determined to make it a worthy tribute to her because she really was an iconic figure in the Irish ballet scene. She was a really beautiful person, one of the good ones.”