SWAN LAKE BALLET
A timeless love story.
Most loved and mesmerizing of classical ballets, ‘Swan Lake’ was composed in 1875 and over 100 years later it remains a favourite with ballet companies regularly performing it throughout the world. Swan Lake is a timeless love story that mixes magic, tragedy, and romance into four acts. It features Prince Siegfried and a lovely swan princess named Odette. Under the spell of a sorcerer, Odette spends her days as a swan swimming on a lake of tears and her nights in her beautiful human form.
The couple quickly falls in love. As in most fairy tales, things are not that easy and the sorcerer has more tricks to play. That brings Odile, his daughter, into the picture. Confusion, forgiveness, and a happy ending with Siegfried and Odette together forever round off the ballet.
While hunting, Prince Siegfried sees an amazing swan. As he takes aim to shoot, the swan turns into a beautiful woman. The woman, Odette, tells the prince that she is a princess who has come under the spell of an evil sorcerer. During the day she must be a swan and swim in a lake of tears. At night she is allowed to be a human again. The spell can only be broken if a virgin prince swears eternal fidelity to her. She tells Prince Siegfried, who happens to be a virgin prince, that if he refuses her she must remain a swan forever.
Prince Siegfried falls madly in love with Odette. However, through a spell by the evil sorcerer, he accidentally proposes to another woman at a party, believing that the woman is really Odette. Princess Odette feels doomed. She threatens to kill herself and throws herself into the lake. The Prince feels terribly sorry and throws himself into the lake with her. In an incredibly touching moment, the two are transformed into lovers in the afterlife.
Swan Lake is the ballet where the prime mover is music, and it has tremendous repeat value. It may be an old ballet, but its key message – love conquers all – is as true today as it was 122 years ago, when it premiered for the first time.
Divided into four acts, it's common in theatrical dance for each company to adapt a piece to their own style and emphasize various interpretations.
WHILE HUNTING, PRINCE SIEGFRIED SEES AN AMAZING SWAN. AS HE TAKES AIM TO SHOOT, THE SWAN TURNS INTO A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN. THE WOMAN, ODETTE, TELLS THE PRINCE THAT SHE IS A PRINCESS WHO HAS COME UNDER THE SPELL OF AN EVIL SORCERER.
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