The Royal Ballet presents a Live Broadcast of SWAN LAKE
STREAMED LIVE DIRECTLY FROM THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE IN COVENT GARDEN, LONDON ONTO A SCREEN IN THE GRAINSTORE
We are delighted to offer for the first time a ballet streamed live in real time directly from the stage of the Royal Opera House in London onto a big screen in The Grainstore.
Swan Lake, surely the greatest of all Romantic ballets, is the captivating story of a beautiful woman transformed into a swan, and a heart-rending tribute to the power of love. Anthony Dowell's production draws upon the opulence of 1890s Russia.
Swan Lake is a perfect synthesis of choreography and music and, though Tchaikovsky did not live to see it become a success, his first ballet score is now synonymous with ballet itself, inspiring generations of dancers and crossing over into popular culture.
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From the earliest days of the Vic Wells Ballet, Swan Lake has been one of The Royal Ballet’s signature works. In creating this production, Anthony Dowell aimed to return to an authentic version of the choreography created by the great Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov for the Mariinsky Theatre in 1895.
Yolanda Sonnabend’s designs draw on the Russian Imperial Court of that period with an inspired blend of historical accuracy and gothic fantasy. The court scenes of Acts I and III have a dark glamour rooted in the opulent style of Carl Fabergé, while the famous lakeside ‘white’ acts are rich with mist, shadow and moonlight
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.
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.
- Conductor - Boris Gruzin
- Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
- Odette/Odile - Natalia Osipova
- Prince Siegfried - Matthew Golding
- Von Rothbart - TBC
- Choreography - Marius Petipa
- Choreography - Lev Ivanov
- Additional choreography - Frederick Ashton
- Additional choreography - David Bintley
- Music - Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
- Product ion - Anthony Dowell
- Designs - Yolanda Sonnabend
- Lighting design - Mark Henderson