Full-length classic production
of the worlds most famous ballet - Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake
Russia’s brightest ballet stars!
Swan Lake (from1895), together with The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, forms part of the big three of Russian nineteenth century ballets. Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, together with choreographer Marius Petipa, raised both ballet music and dance as an art form to new heights with this piece.
There’s a good reason why Swan Lake is so often called the ‘ballet of all ballets’. The combination of pure romanticism, the story about love and deception and Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet music all continue to reach new generations of audiences.
Full-length ballet in Three Acts with Two intermissions
Music By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Libretto: Vladimir Begichev, Vasily Getzer
The list of soloists dancing the main roles.
Russian Grand Ballet was founded by and incorporated graduates from the Great Russian choreographic schools of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev. The principal dancers of the company came from the upper ranks of the great ballet companies and academies. Today, the Russian Grand Ballet Theatre is its own institution, with over 50 brilliant dancers. Its artistic director – Constantine Pinchuk is highly dedicated to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet.
It has established a reputation for talent and versatility and have toured the world with both full length traditional ballets and shorter ‘divertissements’. The four acts of the original Swan Lake ballet were compressed into three for this rendition without a compromise on the plot, presenting a beautiful romantic tale that was very well-received by the audience. Russian Grand Ballet repertoire contains such masterpieces of world choreography as: Giselle, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty and others.
The terrace of castle is filled with joy and merriment - Prince Siegfried is celebrating his coming of age, his courtiers congratulate him while his mischievous jester entertains the assembled guests. The servants announce the arrival of his mother the queen, she presents her son with a crossbow for the hunt. The queen reminds her son that at tomorrow coming of age ball he will have to choose a bride. Night is fast approaching and the guests take leave, Siegfried is finally alone with his thoughts and premonitions of what the future may bring. In the twilight a flock of swans pass over and he rushes to the lake.
At the lake in the heart of the forest, the swans having stepped ashore turn into beautiful young girls Siegfried about to draw his crossbow stops fascinated by their beauty. Odette the swan princess is startled by Siegfrieds presence, he assures her no harm will come to her. Odette tells him of her terrible plight. Tells him of her high birth and how she has fallen under the spell of be a swan and only in the hours of darkness to assume her human form. She tells him she is bound for eternity by the spell unless an unblemished youth swears eternal fidelity and marries her. Siegfried realizes his destiny has changed.
The coming of age ball commences at the castle. The young noblewomen whom the Queen has chosen as prospective brides are presented to Prince Siegfried, he shows no interest thinking only of Odette. The entertainment and merrymaking continue until a fanfare announces the arrival of more guests. Rothbart disguised as a knight sweeps in with his daughter Odille, Siegfried is dazzled by her beauty and her resemblance to Odette, swears his love and fidelity..... Rothbart the sorcerer triumphs in his deception. Siegfried horrified at what he has done rushes from the ball and into the night.
At the lakeside Odette tells her fellow swans of Rothbarts devilish trickery. Siegfried fleeing from the ball arrives at the shore begging Odette’s forgiveness and telling of his undying love for her. Rothbart appears and he and his black swans battle with Siegfried and the forces of good until the light of the dawn breaks and the forces of evil are vanquished. The rising sun gives birth to new life, happiness and love.
Act One will last for about 35 minutes followed by a short pause; Act Two will last for 35 minutes followed by a 15 minute intermission. Act Three will last for about 35 minutes followed by a 15 minute intermission. Act Four will last for about 25 minutes.