The best of Swan Lake: the most beautiful parts of a classic fairytale ballet
Watch The Best of Swan Lake performance in Hybernia Theatre located in the city centre performed by top dancers - soloists of leading Czech ballet scenes (chamber cast).
The Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is a classic fairytale, filled with princes, princesses, sorcerers, evil, magic spells, and true love of a Prince and the subtle Odette, who is turned into a swan by the evil Rothbart.
The ballet belongs to the most famous ballets ever. Composed in 1875, like the Nutcracker, Swan Lake was unsuccessful after its first year of performance. Conductors, dancers and audiences alike thought Tchaikovsky's music was too complicated and hard to dance to. Much is unknown about the original production of Swan Lake – no notes, techniques or instruction concerning the ballet were written down. Only little can be found in letters and memos.
It wasn’t until after Tchaikovsky’s death that Swan Lake was revived. Much of the Swan Lake we know of today was a revision by the famous choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov in 1895.
Odette/Odile: Anna Scechaleva, Barbora Kaufmannova, Ivona Jelicova
Prince Siegfried: Ondrej Novotny, Jan Krejcir, Miroslav Hradil
Rothbart: Milan Malac, Radim Kubecek
The Prince’s Mother: Radka Zemanova, Ivana Beranova
Small swans (pas de quatre): Lenka Hrabovska, Ivana Blazkova, Lucie Tomankova, Karolina Novakova
Spanish dance: Petra Sontagova, Vladimir Vasku
Brides: Monika Mastalirova, Nela Celisova, Klara Krejcirova, Zofie Demkova, Magda Tluharova
Polish dance: Tereza Ulrichova, Nela Celisova
We visited the ballet in March 2019 and we really enjoyed the evening - from lovely costumes and stage set to touching performances of all the cast. This is a shorter version of Swan Lake but felt we saw the best parts of it. Happy to recommend. Just bear in mind the theatre is a musical theatre not specially decorated.
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