A classic ballet of a prince’s love for an enchanted princess who is imprisoned as a swan under the spell of an evil sorcerer.
Swan Lake is one of the world’s most performed and famous ballets. It tells the story of a prince who falls in love with an enchanted princess. Thanks to the magnificent music and the exceptional performances by the dancers, the narrative speaks to audiences around the world to this day. There are countless productions and versions of Swan Lake, differing primarily in the interpretation of the main roles of Odette and Odile which can be danced either as a dual role or separately by two different ballerinas. The ending may also have alternate versions - either tragic or happy. In this production the fate of the lovers remains uncertain. Swan Lake is one of the centrepieces of the repertoire at the National Theatre Brno. This performance is presented in a restored premiere for the 100th anniversary of the fi rst performance in NdB. The new stage design is a work by English stage designer Peter Horne, costumes are designed by Roman Šolc.
Premiere 17th December 1999, Janáček Theatre
Restored premiere 19th February 2019, Janáček Theatre
length of performance: 2 hours 30 minutes
one break 20 minutes
suitable from 8 years