Swan Lake Bath Ballet

Friday 1st January, Watch it now

Elite dancers from across the globe create a modern-day Swan Lake from their own bathtubs.

Set to Tchaikovsky’s famous swan theme, 27 elite ballet dancers from renowned dance companies perform a modern-day Swan Lake from their own home (filled) baths. Award-winning choreographer Corey Baker worked with dancers across the globe to choreograph and film Swan Lake Bath Ballet completely remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the film, Baker’s quirky choreography is performed in baths from New Zealand to South Africa, America to Hong Kong, Australia to the UK. Swan Lake Bath Ballet was filmed on smart phones, directed by Baker from his own bathroom in the UK. Dancers found innovative solutions including a child’s scooter, piles of books and even a toilet plunger to help stabilise and enable camera angles.

Swan Lake Bath Ballet is iconic in movement, epic in music, and fun, thanks to its setting; a memorable project made during Covid-19 that makes a huge splash.

Filmed in Lockdown is a series of new works of literary, musical, visual, and performance arts, commissioned for Culture in Quarantine by Arts Council England and BBC Arts.


Why we like it

Mair George our Platform Producer loves this short piece. ‘If you notice in the credits, they thank members of their family, I can just imagine family members having to position the cameras or wipe up any spilled water! It reminds me of our Dance on Your Doorstep challenge during lockdown, and how we were able to create something beautiful by each contributing a small section. LOVE IT!’