Ballet Swan Lake

Pyotr Tchaikovsky


Ballet in 2 acts and 4 scenes

Libretto by Vladimir Begichev and Vasily Geltser

Choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

Premiere: Mariinsky Theatre, January 15, 1895 (St. Petersburg)

Premiere at the Astana Opera House: March 8, 2018


New choreographic version by Altynai Asylmuratova, People’s Artist of Russia, Artistic Director of the Ballet Company of the Astana Opera House

Conductor – Arman Urazgaliyev

Assistant Choreographers – Konstantin Zaklinsky, Honoured Artist of Russia /

Elena Sherstneva

Set Designer – Ezio Frigerio

Costume Designer – Franca Squarciapino

Assistant Costume Designer – Arassel Dosmuratova

Lighting Designer – Vinicio Cheli

Projections Designer – Sergio Metalli


The Moscow Imperial Bolshoi Theatre commissioned the ballet Swan Lake, a masterpiece of the world’s classical music, to the composer in 1875. The scenario was based on a popular folk tale about a maiden, who was cursed by evil sources and turned into a bird. Prince Siegfried appears as Odette’s saviour, but his betrayal, predetermined by fate, turns out to be a tragic mistake. At a ball comes Odile, resembling remarkably Odette, though being alluring and insidious in contrast to shy and tender Odette. Breaking his oath to Odette, in fact, Siegfried remained faithful to his love. However, having understood his mistake, he confirms his love in his fight with evil sorcerer Von Rothbart.

There were three versions of the ballet. The first two were not well-received. It was the third version of 1895 that overturned all the canons of academic choreography and brought the ballet not only a success, but also immortality, and became the base for all succeeding versions. An extraordinary popularity of Swan Lake made it the symbol of classical ballet art. This ballet will be interesting for both neophytes and ballet lovers.



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