Paris Opera Ballet

Swan Lake

In Cinemas 12, 13, 14 & 17 Apr 2019
Conductor
Valery Ovsyanikov
Orchestra
Orchestre de l’Opera national de Paris
Cast
Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet of the Paris Opera.
Music
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography
Rudolf Nureyev after Marius Petipa & Lev Ivanov
Designs
Ezio Frigerio
Duration
2h55 including interval
Captured live from the Opéra Bastille, Paris, 21 Feb 2019
Official Event Listing

In Swan LakeTchaikovsky took up the legend of the immaculate bird to create some of the most beautiful music ever written for ballet. The choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov left their distinguished mark on this story of an impossible love between an earthly prince and a bird-princess, refashioning the myth of the swan-dancer, the ultimate ballerina.

When creating his version for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1984, Rudolf Nureyev chose to give it a Freudian dimension, illuminating Tchaikovsky’s poetic dream through a sense of profound hopelessness.

Paris Opera Ballet

The Paris Opera Ballet, rich in historical tradition, stages some 180 performances per season in Paris, the French regions and abroad. Over the years it has played host to many of the world’s greatest choreographers: George Balanchine, Serge Lifar, Rudolf Nureyev, Roland Petit, Maurice Béjart, and of course Pina Bausch.

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