Drawing on ancient Slavic and Norse mythology where destiny is often born out of the mysterious forces of nature, Swan Lake has become a legend in its own right. Tchaikovsky's first ballet score is imbued with a deep sense of nostalgia, echoing the composer's own experience of love as elusive as it was impossible. However the work remained misunderstood until 1895 when Marius Petipa undertook his own choreographic interpretation. With the help of Lev Ivanov, Petipa created majestic figures for the female corps de ballet and breathed life into the swan-dancer.
2 hr. 35 min.
CastVello Pähn, Etoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corp, Paris Opera Orchestra
DirectorRudolf Nureyev WriterPyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky