This timeless story of good against evil is the greatest of all romantic ballets. Set to Tchaikovsky’s infamous score, Swan Lake tells the now famous story of Prince Siegfried and the Swan Queen Odette. Anthony Dowell's glorious interpretation draws upon the opulence of 1890s Russia: dramatic costumes emphasize the contrast between human and spirit worlds, while glowing lanterns, shimmering fabrics and designs inspired by the work of Peter Carl Fabergé create a magical setting.
Royal Ballet Principals Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding form a formidable partnership as Odette/Odile and Prince Siegfried. "I don’t imagine Odette as a magnificent swan", says Natalia. "She is fragile and vulnerable, like a flower that has bloomed and you want to protect it. She wants to believe the Prince will save her from the curse, but she can’t. I haven’t danced Swan Lake with Matthew before – our artistic partnership has only just begun – but he’s a fabulous, incredible dancer."
The cinema presentation is hosted by former Royal Ballet Principal Darcey Bussell.