TOP Ballet SWAN LAKE interpretations

What is YOUR favorite?

If you want to see the ballet SWAN LAKE, better check first what interpretation will be shown. There are so many different versions. Almost every choreographer has done his own ballet. It is up to you. Watch youtube-Videos and accompanying descriptions.

1. The Original as far as reconstructed by Alexei Ratmansky

Alexei Ratmansky, one of the most important choreographers of our time, has reconstructed this three-act version by Petipa/Ivanov for Zurich Ballet in 2016. Libretto by Wladimir Begitschew and Wassili Gelze. The ballet of the ballets in its original form !

More about this reconstruction in my post

2. A classical interpretation by the Royal Ballet choreography by Anthony Dowell

Zenaida Yanowsky as Odile and Nehemiah Kish as Prince Siegfried in the Act III Black Swan Pas de deux of Anthony Dowell’s production of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s Swan Lake.

Swan Lake was Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet. Its 1877 premiere was poorly received, but it has since become one of the most loved of all ballets. The twinned role of the radiant White Swan and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan tests the full range of a ballerina’s powers, particularly in the two great pas de deux of Acts II and III. Other highlights include the charming Dance of the Little Swans performed by a moonlit lake and sweeping ballroom waltzes in the splendour of the royal palace.

Anthony Dowell’s glorious interpretation uses classical choreography created by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa for the ballet’s revised 1895 version. Dramatic costumes emphasize the contrast between human and spirit worlds, while glowing lanterns, shimmering fabrics and designs inspired by the work of Peter Carl Fabergé create a magical setting.

3. The modern male interpretation by Matthew Bourne

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake was first staged at Sadler’s Wells theatre in London in 1995.  Bourne’s rendering is best known for having the traditionally female parts of the swans danced by men.

4. The traditional interpretion of the Bolschoi Ballet by Yuri Grigorovich

Swan Lake, the legendary ballet in a new choreographic version by Yuri Grigorovich, with wonderful ballerina Svetlana Zakharova, one of the most beautiful Odette / Odile of the time, Denis Rodkin, Artemy Belyakov and Bolshoi Ballet.

5. The most demanding one of the Chinese State Circus

Watch this fantastic video about the „Great Chinese State Circus“, playing „Swan Lake“. Definately one of the most amazing things that I have seen.

6. My favourite version with Polina Semionova and Friedemann Vogel

7. Illusions like Swan Lake, Ballet by John Neumeier

Created in 1976 by John Neumeier for the Hamburg Ballet “Illusions like Swan Lake” transposes the magic of Petipa and Ivanov ballet in the castles of Ludwig II of Bavaria. This sensitive king, obsessed by the swan symbolic, drowned himself in the lake of Berg Castle.

Following this background, the American choreographer created relevant links between Prince Siegfried from the ballet, Louis II and Tchaikovsky. As a tormented man, the composer was also fleeing reality. Conceived as a deep mise en abyme, the ballet describes withdrawal that relentlessly leads to madness.

Soloist Jiri Bubenicek stars as the King with Anna Polikarpova as Odette, Elizabeth Loscavio as Natalia and the Corps de Ballet of the Hamburg Ballet.

8. A modern interpretration of the Australian Ballet, choroegraphed by Graeme Murphy

Praised internationally for meticulous technique delivered with emotional warmth, The Australian Ballet presents a signature work hailed as „a beautiful, romantic and tragic journey“ (Australian Stage). Lush, lavish, and a feast for all the senses, Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake retains all the enchantment and drama of the classic, with reference to the royal love triangle of Princess Diana, Prince Charles, and Camilla. As rich with scenic and costume design as choreography and storytelling, the Berkeley performance is the production’s first in the Bay Area and second in the United States.

9. A parody by Les Ballets Trockadero Monte Carlo

 10. SWAN LAKE RELOADED, choreographed by Frederik Rydman

Swedish choreographer Fredrik Rydman creates a twenty-first century take on ‚Swan Lake‘, bringing in street dance, contemporary dance, pop music, electro, smartphones and special effects to transform the ballet classic. His ‚Swan Lake Reloaded‘ turns evil sorcerer Rothbart into a pimp and drug dealer, while his swan maidens become heroin-addicted prostitutes. Rydman not only uses the music of Tchaikovsky but also special composed work of a host of Swedish and international pop and rock writers.

11. The latest version of the Norwegian National Ballet choreography by Alexander Ekman

„A Swan Lake“ is his first full-length narrative ballet. Together with top designer Henrik Vibskov and with new music by composer Mikael Karlsson, he has created A Swan Lake with the whole company on stage, a full orchestra in the pit and a real lake on the Main House stage!

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Autor: ballettlovers

I danced ballet as child, albeit with little success. Despite this, my passion for ballet and dance has carried into adulthood. I still love to watch ballet performances and would love to share my passion with you.

3 Kommentare zu „TOP Ballet SWAN LAKE interpretations“

  1. Thank you for such an informative post.

    I have to say that though I have always favoured the Grigorovich version for its classical romanticism, that Alexei Ratmansky interpretation looks truly breathtaking and I would love to see it performed live.

    Despite my obvious love for Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake has always been my favourite ballet for its seamless blending of the beauty of dance with the tragedy of its story. Not to mention that despite being ridiculed by the Trocks, the feathery swan tutus still remain my all time favourite and the chance to own one would be totally worth dying for (which is poignant given the end of the story).

    Thank you for the post and I hope you had a great Halloween. Xx


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