IMPERIAL RUSSIAN BALLET
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
“Swan Lake ”
Music by P.I.Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Choreography by M.Petipa and L.Ivanov
On February 20, 1877, the premiere of “Swan Lake” was held at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. This day can be considered as the birth of Russian classical ballet. 140 years have passed since then. And whereas music used to be entirely subordinated to pantomime and dance scheme, the Tchaikovsky reform radically changed its meaning in ballet. Tchaikovsky’s music involved a ballet into a genuine creativity with irresistible force, prompted him to a live choreographic image, a psychologically justified movement, gave a deep spirituality to his entire play.
The ballet “Swan Lake” is the most lyrical of all Tchaikovsky’s ballets. The plot is based on one of the many variants of a folk tale about a girl turned into a bird by an evil force. The young prince, who met a princess enchanted and a swan at the same time, swears her eternal love. In this vow is a pledge for her to get rid of her magic spell. But the Prince inadvertently changes his word, deceived by the similarity of Odette to Odile, the daughter of an evil genius. Odette doomed to stay the Swan forever.
Subsequently the gloomy ballet finale was changed: the prince and the swan throw themselves into the waves and destroy the evil spell. The performance ends with a happy apotheosis.
Ticket price: 150,00 kn