“Swan Lake” The Royal Ballet Live Cinema

“Swan Lake” 17 March 2015
Anthony Dowell’s production of the greatest romantic ballet draws upon the opulence of 1890s Russia.

Performers

Conductor Boris Gruzin
Orchestra Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Odette/Odile Natalia Osipova
Prince Siegfried Matthew Golding
Von Rothbart Gary Avis
Concert Master Vasko Vassilev

The Story

Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is instantly captivated and determines to break the spell that holds her captive. The evil spirit Von Rothbart, arbiter of the curse, disguises his daughter as Odette. Fooled, Siegfried declares his love for her, and so dooms Odette to suffer under the curse forever. Siegfried and Odette drown themselves and are united in death

Background

Swan Lake was Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet. Its 1877 premiere was poorly received, but it has since become one of the most loved of all ballets. The twinned role of the radiant White Swan and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan tests the full range of a ballerina’s powers, particularly in the two great pas de deux of Acts II and III. Other highlights include the charming Dance of the Little Swans performed by a moonlit lake and sweeping ballroom waltzes in the splendour of the royal palace.

Anthony Dowell’s glorious interpretation uses classical choreography created by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa for the ballet’s revised 1895 version. Dramatic costumes emphasize the contrast between human and spirit worlds, while glowing lanterns, shimmering fabrics and designs inspired by the work of Peter Carl Fabergé create a magical setting.

Credits

  • Choreography Marius Petipa
  • Choreography Lev Ivanov
  • Additional choreography Frederick Ashton
  • Additional choreography David Bintley
  • Music Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
  • Production Anthony Dowell
  • Designs Yolanda Sonnabend
  • Lighting design Mark Henderson
  • Performed by The Royal Ballet