Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman he is instantly captivated – will his love prove strong enough to break the evil spell that she is under?
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Six productions from The Royal Opera and Royal Ballet now available to download from Digital Theatre11 September 2013
Watch La bohème, Eugene Onegin, Swan Lake and other ROH productions on demand.
24 October 2012
A selection of your tweets about the first live relay of the Season to cinemas around the world.
22 October 2012
The Royal Ballet Principals answer your questions about their partnership, the pressures of ballet and South American football.
11 October 2012
Interesting articles, links and videos allowing you to dive deeper into Swan Lake.
9 October 2012
Tweets from the opening night of The Royal Ballet's 2012/13 Season.
Swan Lake was Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky's first score for ballet. Its 1877 premiere was poorly received, but it has since become one of the most loved of all ballets. The twinned role of the pure White Swan and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan tests the full range of a ballerina's powers, particularly in the two great pas de deux of Acts II and III. Other highlights include the charming Dance of the Little Swans performed by a moonlit lake and sweeping ballroom waltzes in the splendour of the royal palace.
Anthony Dowell's romantic interpretation returns the ballet to its 1895 origins by using the choreography of Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa. Dramatic costumes emphasize the contrast between human and spirit worlds, while glowing lanterns, shimmering fabrics and designs inspired by the work of Carl Fabergé create a magical setting.