Yet, a ballet as classic as "Swan Lake" holds a number of themes that are universal to almost any productions. Primarily, we notice a sense of beauty with fluid and dynamic movements by the prima ballerina playing Odette. She is elegant and graceful, but also somewhat uncomfortable in her human form. As a swan, she is poised, though she often feels isolated at night. Beauty does not equal confidence, sometimes it severely diminishes it.
Prince Siegfried also plays a role in his own world away from the lake. Bound by responsibility, his royal status pins him to a future that's been decided. His reluctance leads to rebellion as he follows his heart for love, which is the central theme that prevails throughout the ballet. The fight between good and evil is found here as well. After all, what good love story doesn't have a little conflict?
The juxtaposition of a ballerina playing two opposing roles only enhances this concept. The deception by Von Rothbart and Odile fuel the battle and, though it ends in the death of all four characters, good does ultimately prevail. Table of Contents Expand. The Story of "Swan Lake". At that time, the sets were falling apart. The first performance of Swan Lake was a disaster. Herman Laroche wrote, "I must say that I had never seen a poorer presentation on the Bolshoi stage.
The costumes, decor, and machines did not hide in the least the emptiness of the dances. Not a single balletomane got out of it even five minutes of pleasure. He wrote that Tchaikovsky was "in excellent humour Tchaikovsky died on 6 November People started to take more interest in his music after his death. He designed new dances for Act 2. This act was presented on 1 March in a concert at the Mariinsky in memory of Tchaikovsky. Pierina Legnani danced Odette. The revised act was a great success.
It was presented again with even greater success. Marius Petipa was the Ballet Master at the Mariinsky. He was impressed with the success of these two presentations. He made the decision to stage the complete ballet at the Mariinsky. Riccardo Drigo was the conductor of the Mariinsky orchestra. He dropped some numbers from the ballet. He orchestrated three piano numbers from Tchaikovsky's Op.
He then put them in the ballet. He then put a number into Act 3 which he may have written himself. Tchaikovsky's brother Modest changed the ballet's story a little for the revision. He gave the ballet a happy ending. Pierina Legnani danced both Odette and Odile. The ballet was a great success. The pas was an afterthought of Tchaikovsky's. It was not included in the original production. It consists of the opening adagio followed by a variation for the male dancer.
This is followed by a variation for the ballerina. Some thought they were just a stunt. Others found them exciting. Please refresh the page and retry. Up to then, ballet in Russia had been focused on spectacle and individual characters, without much regard for dramatic coherence. Since the early 18th century a succession of ballet masters and star dancers had been imported from France and Italy to the Imperial Theatre. There was hardly a Russian story or character to be seen. As for the composers they were humble hacks, rather like film composers today.
Wolfgang decides to join the dancing, but wine and age have fuddled his movements and he falls, leaving others to finish the dance.
Evening approaches with the setting sun, and one of the guests proposes that the last dance shall be with their goblets in their hands. A flock of swans appears in the air, and Benno suggests a hunt. Wolfgang proposes to go to bed. The Prince appears to agree with Wolfgang, but as soon as his tutor leaves, he takes his gun and hurries off with Benno in the direction the swans were flying.
Act II opens in a mountain landscape, with forests on all sides. In the background is a lake, shimmering in the moonlight. On the right bank are the ruins of a chapel. A swan wearing a crown on its head leads the other swans as they glide majestically across the surface of the lake. The Prince and Benno enter. Siegfried sees the swans and prepares to fire, but they disappear behind the ruins, which are then illuminated by a magical light.
The two men decide to investigate, and as they approach, a young girl comes down the staircase, wearing a white dress and the crown on her head. She asks Siegfried why he wishes to persecute her. She tells him that she is the Princess Odette, the unwanted stepdaughter of an evil sorceress who is trying to kill her. She is protected by her crown, which was given to her by her grandfather. Only the marriage vow can break the spell, which holds her and the other girls bound as swans by day and humans by night.
An evil sorceress appears in the guise of an owl and menaces Siegfried. Then a flock of swan maidens and children appear and reproach the young huntsmen. Odette tells them to desist since she considers him to be no threat to them.
Siegfried throws away his weapon. The swans dance, and Siegfried confesses the love he has began to feel for Odette. She reminds him of the ball planned for the next day, and its purpose, but Siegfried swears his love despite this. Odette promises him she will attend the ball tomorrow. As dawn breaks.
Odette and her friends withdraw into the ruins, and reappear on the lake as swans. Act III. In the castle ballroom, Wolfgang orders the servants to admit the guests, and they are followed by the Prince's mother, Siegfried and their retinue of pages and dwarves, who perform a dance.
The Master of Ceremonies signals the revels to commence, and new guests are announced, including an old count with his wife and daughter, who begins to dance with one of the knights. Six eligible princesses arrive with their parents, and each daughter dances for Siegfried. After several such entrances, the Siegfried's mother instructs her son to make a choice, but he cannot.
Annoyed, she calls Wolfgang to talk some sense into him. Fanfares sound anew, and Baron von Rothbart enters with Odile. Siegfried is struck by Odile's likeness to Odette. He even asks Benno to affirm her resemblance to Odette, but his friend sees none. Siegfried delightedly welcomes Odile, and the ball recommences. Dances follow for the visiting Princesses, a Pas de deux for Siegfried and Odile, and dancers from many nations.
We do know that Tchaikovsky was granted a great deal of control over the story's content. He and his colleagues both agreed that the swan represented womanhood in its purest form. The stories and legends of swan-maidens date as far back as ancient Greece; when the Greek god Apollos was born, flying swans circled above their heads.Mar 18, · Full concert here: misprinlohagreirweb.bilviequigengsenjuchererangastparming.co Subscribe to our channel for more videos misprinlohagreirweb.bilviequigengsenjuchererangastparming.co Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky / Rudolf Nureyev - Swan Lake Act I.