Opéra National de Paris – Le Lac des Cygnes, Tchaikovski

Wednesday March 13th 7pm
Friday March 15th, 3pm

In Nureyev’s hands, Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece was transformed from a scenic children’s fairy tale to a dark, radical, grave work, delving deep into the unconscious. It is his unmistakable reading that the Opéra national de Paris ballet proposes.

In Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky took up the legend of the immaculate bird to create some of the most beautiful music ever written for ballet. Choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov left their distinguished mark on this story of an impossible love between an earthly prince and a swanprincess, refashioning the myth of the swandancer, the ultimate ballerina. When creating his version for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1984, Rudolf Nureyev chose to give it a Freudian dimension, casting a light of profound despair on Tchaikovsky’s poetic dream.

BALLET EN QUATRE ACTES

MUSIC
Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski

LIBRETTO
Vladimir Begichev and Vassili Geltser

CHOREOGRAPHY
Rudolf Noureev

AFTER
Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov

SET DESIGN
Ezio Frigerio

COSTUME DESIGN
Franca Squarciapino

LIGHTING DESIGN
Vinicio Cheli

CONDUCTOR
Valery Ovsyanikov

DURATION
2 h 55 approx

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