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Cork City Ballet

In association with the Cork Opera House presents

Swan Lake

If you've never seen "Swan Lake”, now's the time!  Cork City Ballet is back, and the company's full length production of this ballet lays claim to a legacy that extends back to its premiere at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1895.

Speaking at the recent launch of ‘Swan Lake’, Artistic Director Alan Foley said: “unlike the unalloyed tragedy most people cherish, this version ends with a fairy-tale twist.  Yuri Demakov and I have re-produced the original Petipa/Ivanov choreography where the Prince destroys the evil sorcerer Rothbart, and is joyfully reunited with the Swan Queen”.

Cork City Ballet’s production promises to be spectacular, from the opulent costumes (direct from the Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg) to the alluring sets, especially the opening scene's gold-tinged, tree-framed park in the shadow of the great castle and lake.

All the well-loved elements are still in place including the “white acts”, with the famous cygnets dance for four girls; the exquisite white swan pas de deux; and the Act 3 climactic Black Swan pas de deux complete with thirty two fouettes all wrapped up in Tchaikovsky’s glorious score.  

Russian Ballet stars Ekaterina Bortyakova and her partner Akzhol Mussakhanov will dance the lead roles of Odette/Odile and Prince Siegfried, and they will be accompanied by soloists and a full corps de ballet.

Swan Lake opens at the Cork Opera House on Wednesday 18th November at 8pm until Saturday 21st November, with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm.


For further information or images please contact:

Colette McNamee, Press Officer, Cork City Ballet Company, Tel: 087-2437095   Email:


Back to the barre...

Ballet classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced with Patricia Crosbie recommence on Wednesday 11th September at the Firkin Crane. Book your place today by phoning 087-2967180.

World-famous ballerina becomes Patron of CCB...

Prima ballerina Lucia Lacarra has become the sole patron of Cork City Ballet. We are honoured and delighted to have one of the world's greatest ballerinas' as our patron, as we look forward to a bright future at CCB. 

Support us...

Cork City Ballet needs your support. Please see the 'Support Us' section below to see ways in which you can help to preserve the sixty year legacy of ballet in Cork bestowed upon us by Joan Denise Moriarty and Professor Aloys Fleischmann.





Footballers in Tights!

A demo production in association with Cork City Ballet.

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Support Us

To ensure the Company keeps on dancing each year we need to generate financial support.  Cork City Ballet, a registered charity, receives only a small portion of its income from public funding so we are always keen to hear from individuals or corporate partners interested in helping us continue the success of our artistic, educational and community programmes.

Could you help us help our young artists develop their talent and help other young people to develop their potential?  You can make a donation by sending a cheque (made payable to Cork City Ballet) to Janet Dillon, Administrator, Cork City Ballet, Firkin Crane Theatre, Shandon, Cork, Ireland.  All donations, no matter how small, help towards our target and help us maintain the high quality of our artistic and educational output.

We are very grateful to all our supporters, without whose support we could not continue to offer the opportunities we currently do.

Alan Foley - Artistic Director


Classes taught by CCB's Ballet Mistress Patricia Crosbie every Wednesday at Firkin Crane. New students welcome.

Elementary/Intermediate class 6pm - 7.30pm

Ballet for Adult beginners 7.30pm - 9.00 

€15 per class.

All enquiries 087-2967180





Cork City Ballet embraces a policy of engaging dancers from international companies as well as Ireland’s finest classical and contemporary dancers.

CCB promotes and encourages the ethos that ballet is for everyone.

This is achieved by its diversity of programming, which includes not just the well-loved classics, but also modern and contemporary choreography including works specially created for the company by the Artistic Director of the Company - Alan Foley, former ballerina with Irish National Ballet - Patricia Crosbie, and Bolshoi trained dancer and choreographer Yury Demakov.



Click on links below for further information on Cork City Ballet's activities:

Cork City Ballet 

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A selection of performance reviews... 

  • Click here to read review of the Company's Sleeping Beauty Suite and Divertissements (November 2008)

  • Click here to read review of the Company's Giselle (November 2007)

  • Click here to read review of the Company's Ballet Spectacular 2006


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