Swan Lake: Royal Ballet of London


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sun, Jul 15, 2018 3:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Ballet in Cinema
Run Time:3 hours (including two intermissions)


One of the best-loved of classical ballets, set to a sublime score by Tchaikovsky, the Royal Ballet’s “Swan Lake” will enchant audiences, particularly with choreography by the award-winning Liam Scarlett.

“Swan Lake” follows the story of Prince Siegfried who one night encounters a flock of swans, one of whom reveals herself to be a beautiful woman called Odette. Odette is being held under a spell by the evil Von Rothbart, who later disguises his daughter Odile as Odette to trick Prince Siegfried into breaking his vow of love. But Siegfried is determined to save Odette, whatever the cost.

Liam Scarlett has created a new production, which remains faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov original but will also offer a fresh perspective on this much-loved classical ballet. Scarlett will work in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane.

“Swan Lake” was Tchaikovsky’s first ballet score. Today, it remains the best-loved and most admired of all classical ballets. It is thanks to the 1895 production by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov that “Swan Lake” has become part of not only ballet consciousness but also wider popular culture. That success is secured not only by the sublime, symphonic sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score, but also by the striking choreographic contrasts between Petipa’s royal palace scenes and the lyric lakeside scenes created by Ivanov.

“Swan Lake” has had a special role in the repertory of The Royal Ballet since 1934.