When to see it
These events are part of the Summer 2017 season.
Konstantin Sergeyev’s entrancing production of Swan Lake, based on Petipa and Ivanov’s timeless masterpiece, creates a lyrical, mysterious world where Prince Siegfried and the swan-princess Odette affirm their love for each other, conquering the forces of evil. Tchaikovsky’s ravishing music combines with peerless choreography, showing the Mariinsky’s famed corps de ballet in its superlative beauty.
News and features
2 August 2014
What did you think of the Mariinsky's performance of Konstantin Sergeyev's classic production of Tchaikovsky's romantic masterpiece?
30 July 2014
Sarah Crompton talks about the company’s distinctive style and the dancers she’s looking forward to watching in summer 2014.
29 July 2014
The company, formerly known as the Kirov, have dazzled Covent Garden audiences on 11 occasions since 1961.
Swan Lake (Russian: Лебединое озеро/Lebedinoye ozero), Op. 20, is a ballet composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1875–76. Despite its initial failure, it is now one of the most popular of all ballets. The scenario, initially in two acts, was fashioned from Russian folk tales and tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse. The choreographer of the original production was Julius Reisinger. The ballet was premiered by the Bolshoi Ballet on 4 March [O.S. 20 February] 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Although it is presented in many different versions, most ballet companies base their stagings both choreographically and musically on the 1895 revival of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, first staged for the Imperial Ballet on 15 January 1895, at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. For this revival, Tchaikovsky's score was revised by the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatre's chief conductor and composer Riccardo Drigo.