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Music by P. Tchaikovsky
Choreography by M Ptipa & L. Ivanov Revised by G. Taranda
Swan Lake encapsulates the world of magic and mystical creatures with that of the real world to produce a story where betrayal and power are in the end conquered by the virtues of love and forgiveness.
The Evil Genius has bewitched sweet girls and turned them into graceful swans. This terrible spell will only be removed when someone falls in love with Odette, The Queen of Swans. Prince Siegfried is so in love with Odette that he is willing to sacrifice his life for her.
Staggered by such amazing and profound feelings, the Evil Genius dies.
Siegfried and Odette, surrounded by nymphs, sirens and naiads are carried away into the temple of ever-lasting happiness.
The Imperial Russian Ballet Company will perform during their visit to Australia & New Zealand, Swan Lake…. the most loved classical ballet of them all.
The masterpiece ballet is presented in three acts and follows the original storyline with the happy ending which was decreed by Soviet rule in the 1930â€™s during the reign of then Russian Leader Stalin. Subtle revisions and variations have been introduced by Gediminas Taranda, Artistic Director of the Imperial Russian Ballet Company.
Swan Lake crosses the world of magic and mystical creatures with that of the real world. It is a story where the virtues of love and forgiveness in the end conquer evil and betrayal.
The Imperial Russian Ballet Company was formed in 1994, headed by the Bolshoi Theatre soloist Gediminas Taranda. The Imperial Russian Ballet Company comprises 40 dancers from the major ballet schools of Russia: Moscow and Perm. Actively combining forces with the Imperial Russian Ballet Company are world renowned dancers and ballet stars including Patrick Dupond (Opera de Paris), Farukh Ruzimatov, Yulia Makhalina and Diana Vishneva (Mariinsky Theatre), Nikolai Tsiskaridze, Lyudmila Semenyaka and Nadezhda Pavlova (The Bolshoi Theatre), Vladimir Malakhov, Julia Kent(American Ballet Theatre) and Tamie Kusakari (Japan).
The name of the company recognizes the grand masters of the Russian Classical Ballet School and the Imperial Family who made such an enormous contribution to the development of Russian culture. This included the creation of the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Theatres.
The prime choreographic style adopted by the Company is a classical one, however, they also indulge in modern dance and choreographic novelties.
The versatility of The Imperial Russian Ballet Company is demonstrated by the fact they are able to tour the world presenting both full length traditional ballets and divertissements, as well as finding time to perform seasons at the Novaya Opera Theatre in Moscow.
The Imperial Russian Ballet Company performed Swan Lake throughout New Zealand in 2005 to sold out theatres and critical acclaim.
The reviewers said:
Extraordinary Swan Lake
Deirdre Tarrant, Capital Times
From the lifting of the curtain on Act 1, and the sweeping entry of the courtiers, it was immediately clear that this was going to be an extraordinary evening.
Rare is the opportunity here to see the full-length ballets on which the art of classical ballet relies for its reputation and rarer to see the sort of technical mastery and virtuosity that ensures that the artistry and dramatic portrayal of the story are paramount. This was such a production and every dancer on stage contributed to the excellence of the whole.
This was ballet at its best and talent at the top of the profession.
The Russians Know Best
Jenny Stevenson, Dominion Post
Perhaps it is true after all that only the Russians can do the classic Swan Lake.
Last night’s performance in Wellington by the Imperial Russian Ballet reproduced the chocolate-box moments with the wilting arms and arched backs of the swans in perfect unison as an innate part of their performance, showing an unerring command of the romantic style.
Enraptured by the Magic
Robyn Sinclair, Otago Daily Times
Swan Lake has always conjured up thoughts of lithe ballerinas with seemingly boneless arms, all dressed in white and performing in unison.
Last night’s performance at the Regent Theatre by the Imperial Russian Ballet Company captured this image perfectly and transported the capacity audience into the magical world of this most famous ballet in the traditional classical repertoire.
The Imperial Russian Ballet company 2009 Australia and New Zealand tour.