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Music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg
Musical direction by Valery Gergiev
Valery Gergiev conducts the January 15 performance.
Gavriel Heine conducts the January 21, 22 and 23 performances.
Principal casting*: Viktoria Tereshkina/Vladimir Shklyarov (Jan 15), Ulyana Lopatkina/Yevgeny Ivanchenko (Jan 16), Yekaterina Kondaurova/Timur Askerov (Jan 21), Oxana Skorik/Xander Parish (Jan 22), Viktoria Tereshkina/Vladimir Shklyarov (Jan 23)
*Casting subject to change
This ravishing production is widely considered one of the world’s finest. A pillar of the Mariinsky repertoire since it was staged in 1950 by renowned Russian dancer and choreographer Konstantin Sergeyev, after Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa’s original version in 1895, it has served as the inspiration and exemplar of countless productions since. Reveling in the expressiveness of Tchaikovsky’s score, this Swan Lake has a happy ending—a remnant of Soviet-era heroics—while remaining true to the medieval period in which the story was originally set. Bathed in radiant aquamarine, the company’s exquisite corps de ballet is the epitome of classical grandeur, floating ethereally into the moonlight.
Libretto by Vladimir Begichev and Vasily Geltzer
Choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov (1895)
Revised choreography and stage direction by Konstantin Sergeyev (1950)
Set design by Igor Ivanov
Costume design by Galina Solovyova
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