SWAN LAKE

Classical ballet in three acts

Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Libretto: Vladimir Begichev and Vassily Geltzer
Choreography: Vladimir Burmeister
Set and Costume Designer (1992): Vladimir Arefiev
Lighting Designer (1992): Ildar Bederdinov
Conductors: Felix Korobov, Arif Dadashev, Roman Kaloshin

The most loved and mesmerizing of classical ballets, Swan Lake was composed by Tchaikovsky in 1875. It is a timeless love story that mixes the magic, tragedy and romance of Prince Siegfried and an enchanted swan princess named Odette. This version was originally staged by famed choreographer Vladimir Burmeister in 1953 and over the years it has become a trademark of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre Ballet.

A little-known fact about Swan Lake is that most performances do not employ Tchaikovsky’s entire score. But Burmeister’s genius not only carries rapt audiences from prologue through epilogue including the rarely performed farewell dance of the swans, but also incorporates many touches that enhance the story’s narrative realism. Though originally considered quite experimental, this ballet is now renowned for its lightness, lyricism, ingenious patterns and vivid characters.

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