11 October 2012 at 3.51pm | 2 Comments
It's one of the classic ballets, described as a work that "should be experienced at least once in one’s lifetime" in The Ballet Bag's excellent cheat sheet of essential information about the piece. With a rich and varied history, it has gone through a number of transformations as various companies adapted the work including some off-the-wall versions as examined in this article by the Guardian's Judith Mackrell from 2001.
If you're interested in the history of the piece, you may enjoy a look into the archives of ROH Collections, featuring a number of costumes and set photos. Looking further back, read extracts from Tchaikovsky's letters in which he admitted that he feared for Swan Lake's success.
For those wishing to glimpse behind the curtain and get a taste of what it's like to dance in Swan Lake, watch our behind the scenes film or watch Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez demonstating balletic mime:
Budding ballerinas may wish to watch clips from our YouTube ballet glossary, including this clip demonstrating Odette's mime.
Young children don't have to be left out either with this selection of games and activities related to the ballet that are available to download, including the option to make your own theatre to stage your very own production of Swan Lake.
Swan Lake runs until 24 November and will be screened live internationally on 23 October as part of our Cinema Season.