Ballet in two acts.
Running time – 2 hours.
Libretto by Konstantin Ivanov
Production − Konstantin Ivanov.
ДMusic Director − Grigory Arkhipov .
Set Designer −Boris Golodnitsky.
Costume Designer − Tatiana Izycheva.
Lighting Designer – Valentina Nikolaeva .
Assistants of choreographer – Alla Alexandrova, Olga Komleva.
Balletmaster and repetiteur – Natalia Mikova
Premiere − July 15, 2014.
«The Swan Lake» is one of the best-known and loved ballets by the audience. It came across all ballet scenes of the world. It was, is and, most likely, will be thought over and over by many generations of choreographers from different countries in order to solve the mystery and philosophical depths of the music composed by Tchaikovsky. But the most white swan born by the imagination of the great composer will always remain a symbol of the Russian ballet, a symbol of its purity, greatness and its noble beauty. The ballet reflects images and subjects of the era of romantic art, quest of excellence, beauty and impossibility of reaching it, dissonance of dream and reality, hope for luck, treachery and expiation of guilt at the cost of life. There can be traced the subject, being fashionable at the time of romanticism, of generational curse. Human destinies are bound with the nature, it sympathizes with it, protects, and it punishes him.
It is impossible to imagine that the premiere of the ballet by Tchaikovsky which took place in Moscow, in February 1877, did not make any success, besides, it was practically a failure. At this time Tchaikovsky told the prophetical phrase that the time of "The Swan Lake " would be still ahead. And this time came 18 years later, in Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa`s choreography. The ballet shakes the audience and critics and becomes one of the most popular performances on the best ballet scenes of the world.
Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov made a brilliant edition of the ballet. In this Petersburg direction for the first time there were made some findings which would delight the whole world later: "the dance of small swans", trembling snow-white tutus of the second "white act" on the bank of the bewitched lake, devil 32 fouettes of the Black swan in a scene of the prince`s engagement…
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky composed the music for it, being inspired by an ancient German legend of tragic destiny of the young princess Odette and the prince Siegfried, fallen in love with each other. The cruel sorcerer Rothbart turns the girl into a swan, and only the declaration of love given by Siegfried can rescue her from this curse. On combination of circumstances it does not occur and the lovers dye in the waves of the Swan lake. Other version of this work was staged in our previous performance, where Siegfried fights with Rothbart and wins, releasing the beautiful Odette.
Among historians there is still no consensus about what inspired the composer on writing such a fine melody. Ones consider that it was the pond of Votkinsk plant which was near the author`s family estate. Others speak about the lake in the Cherkassk area in Ukraine where Tchaikovsky had a rest for some days, watching swans. In the homeland of the legend, in Germany people are sure that it is about the Alpine Swan lake located near the city of Fussen. It is called Schwansee – "The Swan Lake". Tchaikovsky was fascinated by the fantastic beauty of this lake and the castle of the king Ludwig II standing above it high on the. The name of the castle Neuschwanstein in German means «the new swan rock»...
In our theater this ballet is staged for the fourth time. On creation of the new scenic version of the well-known ballet Konstantin Ivanov was inspired with his visit of Neuschwanstein Castle of the Bavarian king Ludwig during tours across Germany.