P.I. Tchaikovsky

Swan lake

ballet in two acts

45 min +25 min
1 interval
libretto, choreography and stage direction
Ukraine’s Honoured Art Worker
Ukraine’s Honoured Art Worker
costume design
assistant choreographer
Ukraine’s Honoured Artist
assistant choreographer
lighting design
sound producer
Ukraine’s Honoured Art Worker

"Swan song" is the greatest ballet legend, a confidential synonym of the very word "Ballet". The music of P.I Tchaikovsky, a composer of genius, is the main component of the unending enormous success of the performance, which has never left the world stages for over 130 years.

Radu Poklitaru's production, which the choreographer had been maturing for a long time, presents a very different story. This is not a habitual fairy tale of the Prince who met and fell in love with a young girl turned into a swan by a vicious sorcerer. The author sought to create a parable of a ballet, a choreographic contemplation of the impossibility to live betraying one's own true nature. To exist in somebody else's skin, to live somebody else's life is a grievous sentence. A little cygnet, turned, against his will, into a boy, has to overcome numerous torments and experience the blows of fate. Love only comes to him in delusive dreams. He gets free, eventually, but is too late, as the thread of his life is torn off.

The language of the modern dancing, which this ballet uses, helps to achieve a potent empathy on the part of the audience. The fantastic scenery designed by the scenographer Andrey Zlobin plunge us into the phantasmagorical world of court of Rotbart - a kind of "Doctor Frankenstein", who can change the essence of living beings on his operating table. The costumes of Anna Ipatyeva enable the actors to show with unsurpassed precision and imaginative power both the figures of people from Rotbart's surrounding and the mystic elves-swans from the main hero's dreams.

Premiered on the stage on June 22, 2013

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