Premiere June 2, 2011
Dance. The world’s most famous classical ballet, set to the magical music of Tchaikovsky. The Royal Ballet concludes our dance season with a magnificent guest performance.
Guest performance by the Royal Ballet of Stockholm.
Watch a movie from the perfromance at the Royal Opera in Stockholm.
Swan Lake, the ballet of ballets, set to the fantastic music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, had its world premiere in Moscow in 1877 but was not a great success then. However, when Marius Petipa’s and Lev Ivanov’s created a version for the Marinskij Theatre in St Petersburg in 1895, it quickly achieved worldwide fame, and is still played regularly all over the world. Swan Lake contains many of the most famous numbers of the classic ballet repertoire but also has romantic pas de deux, magnificent ballroom scenes and dark intrigues. Prince Siegfried falls in love with the beautiful Swan Queen Odette, but the evil wizard does everything in his power to crush their happiness.
The Royal Ballet’s guest performance gives the Gothenburg audiences another chance to experience Swan Lake again. This production was created for the Royal Ballet by the Russian choreographer as far back as 1964 and was very appreciated, not least for the happy ending. The Royal Ballet is the only one ballet company in the world that performs this happy and classical interpretation.
In 2008 the new version by Conus premiered anew in Stockholm. Following the premiere it took off on a month-long tour in China, performing in Beijing, Shanghai and Macao. The late David Walker designed the over 120 romantic costumes anew for the new premiere. In combination with Henry Bardon’s fabulous scenery they are a true pleasure for the eyes. Tchaikovsky’s powerful music is performed by The Göteborg Opera Orchestra.
The Royal Ballet did a guest performance on the Main Stage of The Göteborg Opera in the spring of 2002 with three performances of Swan Lake, then as choreographed by Sir Peter Wright following Petipa and Ivanov. Johannes Öhman, now Head of Ballet at The Göteborg Opera, danced one of the roles in that production.