Moscow Ballet La Classique Presents Swan Lake
Tuesday 20th October
The most popular of all classical ballets...
The world-renowned Moscow Ballet - La Classique demonstrate their continued quality of dance and performances in a dramatic production of this timeless favourite set to Tchaikovsky's superb score.The ballet is a favourite of ballerinas and audiences alike; all leading dancers want to dance Swan Lake during their careers and all audiences want to see them dance in this, the ultimate fairy tale ballet.
The famous Moscow Ballet of Classical Choreography - "La Classique" was founded in 1990, utilising ballet dancers from the leading theatres of the CIS Countries and the Bolshoi, Kirov and Ballet Theatres of Kiev and Odessa. Moscow Ballet - La Classique has thrilled ballet lovers during hugely successful tours of Egypt, Morocco, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Norway, Israel, Thailand, Taiwan, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand as well as the UK and this world famous company have gained vast international acclaim.
Some of the male dancers in this talented Company have themselves achieved star status in their own country and the incredibly athletic Andrey Lyapin is one such principal dancer who is featured in this most entertaining production of Swan Lake. World-renowned soloists Nadezda Ivanova, Andrey Shalin, Andrey Lyapin, and Dmitry Smirnov lead the Moscow Ballet Company under the direction of Elik Melikov. As the company of Moscow Ballet – La Classique once more dance themselves into the dreams that legends are made of and yet another world class production of Swan Lake.
Swan Lake - A short synopsis
Prince Siegfried is celebrating his coming of age in the garden of his ancestral palace. His mother observes that it's time to consider marriage and that tomorrow at the formal celebration of his 21st birthday, the court ball, he should select his future wife from the lovely ladies in attendance. But, tomorrow is another day and for today Siegfried prefers to go hunting. Alone, by a lake, he sees Odette, Queen of the Swans, who appears to be both swan and woman. She explains that an evil sorcerer, Von Rothbart, has cast a spell on her and she must remain a swan, except between midnight and dawn, unless she is saved by true love. Siegfried, in love at first sight, swears his undying love, promises to marry her and never to love another, but the wicked magician who disguises his own daughter, Odile, as the Swan-maiden, tricks him. Siegfried asks for her hand in marriage and swears an oath of fidelity to Odile. Suddenly Von Rothbart and Odile stand before him in a triumph of self-revelation as the pathetic figure of Odette, sobbing helplessly is seen at a distance. Siegfried collapses in an agony of guilt and despair. Heartbroken, he returns to the lakeside to beg Odette's forgiveness and declares his infinite love for her. Against all odds, the power of true love eventually overcomes the evil spell. The swan-maidens are restored to human form and Odette and Siegfried are reunited in eternal happiness.
Music: Piotr Ilyich Tchiakovsky
Librettto: Vladimir Begichev & Vasily Geltser
Choreography: Marius Petipa & Lev Ivanov