12 March 2015 at 4.58pm | 15 Comments
Ahead of the screening, download our Swan Lake Digital Programme, which contains specially selected features to bring you closer to the production.
'A great partnership is mainly about having an understanding for each other: understanding what the other person needs and bringing out the best in them,' Matthew recently told the ROH Magazine.
Evil sorcerer Von Rothbart - a role that requires an hour and a half in makeup before every performance - is played by Gary Avis.
Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is instantly captivated and determines to break the spell that holds her captive.
Despite its fame, at Swan Lake's core is one of ballet's greatest mysteries: who wrote the original story?
Swan Lake features some of the most iconic choreography in the ballet repertory, including the Dance of the Little Swans, performed by four Company members to one of Tchaikovsky's most recognizable melodies. Further choreographic highlights include the various national dances in the Act III ball scene, and the Black Swan pas de deux, in which heroic Prince Siegfried is tricked into forsaking his love.
Relatively rare within the core repertory, Swan Lake is credited to two choreographers rather than one - Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Nearly 150 years after its premiere, debate continues to rage among ballet history buffs as to who should receive the lion's share of the credit for the ballet.
The production opened on 10 February 2015. Read audience reactions to the opening night and add your own review.
After the relay, we will publish a roundup of audience tweets, so share your thoughts with the hashtag #ROHswanlake.
The production is given with generous philanthropic support from Celia Blakey, John and Susan Burns, Doug and Ceri King, Peter Lloyd and Gail Ronson. Original Production (1987) and revival (2000) supported by The Linbury Trust