Ballet in 3 acts, 4 scenes.
Libretto by V. Begichev, V. Geltser.
Choreography by M. Petipa, L. Ivanov, A. Gorsky, A. Messerer, N. Kasatkina, V. Vasiliev.
The editors of the play were performed by N. Kasatkina and V. Vasiliev.
Artist: T. Goodchild (Great Britain).
The costumes are made under the direction of K. Baker (Great Britain).
The premiere of the performance took place in the summer of 1988 during the tour of the State Academic Theater of Classical Ballet in Great Britain. This is the first Russian-English production in the history of Russian ballet. Choreographic editing and execution were carried out by the Russian side - the State Academic Theater of Classical Ballet.
Scenic decoration, scenery, costumes performed by the British side. The artist of the play is one of the most famous British stage designers Tim Gudchayld. The costumes are made under the guidance of Kim Baker.
The main parties in the premiere performance were performed by Vera Timashova and the brilliant Vladimir Malakhov.
Tchaikovsky's first ballet Swan Lake (op., 1876) tells of the struggle for love and happiness against the dark forces, about love as the highest manifestation of humanity. This theme, which runs through all the works of Tchaikovsky, is being developed in all his ballets.
According to the composer's original intention, the ballet ended with a tragic ending with the death of the main characters. However, this idea was not realized in subsequent productions. The version of "Swan Lake" offered to the public follows exactly this idea of the author.
In the first production of Swan Lake (1877, Moscow Bolshoi Theater, choreographer W. Reisinger), the innovation of music remained undisclosed. The combination of symphonism and effectiveness inherent in it was embodied only in the production of Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa (1885, the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg), where for the first time the plastic leitmotif of the theme of swans ("floating arabesque"), the contrasting contrast between fantasy and everyday life, symphonic dances of swans, the national character suite was solved, etc. This production became the basis of all subsequent versions of "Swan Lake", including the famous ballet master Alexander Gorsky's performance at the Bolshoi Theater in 1901 ode.
More than thirty years ago, Great Britain applauded the performance of the Bolshoi Theater "Swan Lake", a play whose version is called in Russia the "old Moscow" Swan "" (choreography by Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, Alexander Gorsky, Asaf Messerer). This, already almost forgotten, version of "Swan Lake" formed the basis for the version offered to the public by the State Academic Theater of Classical Ballet. Many wonderful "pieces" of the old version of "Swan Lake" were carefully restored, and the original plans of Marius Petipa in the first ballet picture were restored. And those fragments that are composed anew, sensitively and carefully convey the style of the famous performance.
When staging the play, Natalia Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasilev consulted with Nikolai Fadeechev, one of the most famous princes of the Bolshoi Theater, with the famous Marina Semenova, with Asaf Messerer.
The Russian ballet critic Elena Lutskaya called this work of the directors "a lesson in the modern attitude to the classical heritage".
The performance was successfully shown on the stages of the USA, Turkey, Japan, France, Italy.
"The troupe brought an amazing production of Swan Lake," the American press wrote, "it's a richly decorated performance, performed with great freshness. The audience saw ballet of special lightness and delicacy. "
The performance is accompanied by a symphony orchestra. Conductor Sergey Kondrashev.