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Australian Ballet's 'Swan Lake' a royal disconnect
Australian Ballet's 'Swan Lake' a royal disconnect

In an age of rampant ballet revisionism, finding an unorthodox "Swan Lake" isn't difficult. In Denmark there's one that depicts the life of Tchaikovsky. Germany offers a version that focuses on Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria. And on Thursday, the Australian Ballet brought to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion a retelling ostensibly based on the relationship between England's Prince Charles, Princess Diana (his wife) and Camilla Parker Bowles (his mistress). Unfortunately, the social context and characterizations remain so vague in Graeme Murphy's three-hour extravaganza that the story might just as well be about Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie. Murphy...

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