Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The immortal story that is synonymous with the word ballet.
Swan Lake is one of the world’s most performed and famous ballets.
The motives of Scandinavian folk tale and legend about a girl cursed to be a swan inspired Tchaikovsky to write this lyrical music. Music that later became the greatest example of a romantic ballet score. Princess Odette is enchanted by Baron Rothbart into a swan and can be saved only by true love. Prince Siegfried, who promised to love her, later betrays her and the curse remains unbroken, even though Odette eventually forgives the unhappy Prince. Swan Lake is now admired by generations of viewers and creators alike. Dancers are trying to eagerly match with the ambitious ballet technique. This production is staged with the traditional choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. It was staged by the long-term Ballet Master of the prestigious Italian theatre La Scala, Robert Strajner, who made the storyline clearer and added directorial concept. By highlighting the clarity of style and form, Swan Lake by Ballet NdB continues Petipaʼs and Ivanovʼs legacy, enriched by western European tradition in Strajner.
The restored premiere of this eternal story by Tchaikovsky was a significant event for Ballet NdB as it took place almost to the exact day of its world premiere in Brno, a hundred years ago. After twenty years in the NdB repertoire, set of this great production was completely re-designed. Exceptional financial support from out founder allowed us to work with renowned artists and further expand your experience of this legendary ballet piece. The new set design of this restored production is a work of an excellent English set designer, Peter Horne, who has also designed the set for The Nutcracker. Costumes are designed by Roman Šolc, who has been working alongside the Ballet NdB for more than 20 years now. He is one of the most wanted costume designers in the Czech dance world.
Renewed premiere: 19th of February 2019 at Janáček Theatre