Swan Lake is regarded as one of the greatest works in the art of ballet. The magic of Tchaikovsky’s music, embodying the love of Prince Siegfried for the enchanted Swan Queen has greatly contributed to making this the best-loved of all classical ballets.
This production, with designs by the late Leslie Hurry, stars NATALIA MAKAROVA as Odette-Odile and ANTHONY DOWELL as Prince Siegfried.
The Kirov Ballet is world-famous for its interpretation of this popular classic ballet. Giselle is a simple peasant girl, driven from joy to madness and death through an unhappy love. She is transformed into a ghost and ordered to help destroy the man who betrayed her, while still seeking to sustain him because of her undying love. In this production, the title role is danced by GALINA MEZENTSEVA, whose performances established her among the great ballerinas of the Kirov. KONSTANTIN ZAKLINSKY as Albrecht is a superb partner as well as a brilliant soloist.
When the Sylphide, in diaphanous white costume and with shining wings, dances for the Scottish farmer James, whom she has entranced with her love and beauty, we are witnessing the first scene of the most famous and enduring ballet by August Bournonville. LIS JEPPESEN dances the lead role of La Sylphide, a role which demands lyrical interpretation as well as superb technique. Equal expressiveness and faultless dancing are required of James, here performed by NIKOLAJ HÜBBE. SORELLA ENGLUND is the brilliant interpreter of the role of Madge, the witch and fortune-teller, whose rejection by James leads her to seek dreadful revenge on him, with tragic consequences.