SWAN LAKE BAL­LET

A time­less love story.

Woman's Era - - Contents - Su­man Ba­j­pai

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.

An in­vest­ment in knowl­edge al­ways pays the best in­ter­est.

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