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'Swan Lake' returns to Palace Cineplex - Bolshoi Ballet returns to staple production

Published:Friday | February 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Symmetry nd poise in the Bolshoi Ballet’s 'Swan Lake'.
A scenes from the Bolshoi Ballet’s 'Swan Lake'.

The captivating and beloved work is a two-act ballet composed by Russian master, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Inspired by Russian folklore, it tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse.




The original production was choreographed by Julius Reisinger. Swan Lake was premiered by the Bolshoi Ballet in 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. However, it did not achieve critical acclaim until 1895 when it emerged as a revival presented at the Maryinsky (Mariinsky) Theatre in St Petersburg, showcasing the choreographic and musical genius of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov.

That staging, now viewed as a groundbreaking and historic event in the world of Russian ballet, is said to have embodied the emerging artistic philosophy of the times, giving rise to a new era of fresh cultural expressions and symbolism never before seen in the art form.

In the production, at moonlight on the banks of a mysterious lake, Prince Siegfried meets the bewitched swan-woman, Odette. Completely spellbound by her beauty, he swears his faithfulness to her. However, the Prince realises too late that fate has another plan for him.

In the dual role of white swan Odette and her rival, black swan Odile, prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova exudes both vulnerability and cunning through superb technical mastery, alongside the powerful and emotional Siegfried, Denis Rodkin. The cast also includes Artemy Belyakov (the Evil Genius) and Igor Tsvirko (the Fool).




The Bolshoi Ballet is an internationally renowned classical ballet company, based at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia. Founded in 1776, the Bolshoi is among the world's oldest ballet companies. It achieved worldwide acclaim during the early 20th Century when Moscow became the capital of Soviet Russia.

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