Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Libretto: Vladimir Begichev, Vasily Geltzer
Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is one the world’s best-known and most respected ballets of all time. The original Swan Lake was premiered in Moscow, on February 20, 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre. The choreography of the present-day performances is generally based on the choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov from 1885 – as is the case with this Ballet Bastioni performance.
This traditional classic has been in the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre repertoire from the early years on. Their performance has charmed audiences around the world.
In Swan Lake, prince Siegfried is celebrating his birthday under joyous circumstances. The prince gets a crossbow for hunting as a present from his mother, the queen, who reminds the prince that he needs to choose himself a bride in his birthday ball the following day. The prince if baffled by the thought and as night falls, he remains alone with his thoughts to ponder what the future may bring.
In the twilight a flock of swans pass over and head for the lake, and he rushes there as well. At the lake, he is greeted by magic forces in the form of swans turned into mystical maidens. This develops into a charming love story guided by the forces of both the light and the dark.
St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre
St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre, founded by Konstantin Tachkin, is one of the best-known, leading interpreters of classical ballet in the world. All 60 dancers in St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre have graduated from the world-famous Vaganova Academy of Ballet in St. Petersburg or other respected Russian ballet academies.
SPBT has grown itself a repertoire consisting of full-scale classics, including such masterpieces as Giselle, La Bayadère, Don Quixote, Paquita and of course the Tchaikovsky classics Swan Lake, the Sleeping Beauty and the Nutcracker.
The ballet company constantly tours six continents and several different countries. St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre has performed in Spain, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Italy, Austria, USA, Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Macao and Taiwan, and during the past four years, even in Finland, in Imatra. SPBT has on average 250 performances per year.
SPBT has received an enthusiastic and respecting welcome everywhere from both the audience, the press and dance critics. Respectable publications, such as The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian, publish reviews from professional critics:
SPBT performs classical ballet skillfully, with respect to the original foundation of ballet. Classical ballet is alive and well in competent hands.
SPBT has reached a unity of style and a refinement of execution. Not only the soloists but the company itself shows a high level of quality. The dancers have obviously received the best traditional and respected Russian training and interpret consistently the same language with their dance.
SPBT is a refined, first rate ensemble. Their systematic precision combines freshness of expression, academic strictness and respect for the repertoire.
Performances: Thursday July 30, 2020 at 8 p.m. | Friday July 31, 2020 at 8 p.m.
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