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On Stage: The Royal Ballet's Swan Lake

  • Starring: The Royal Ballet
  • Choreography: Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov
  • Music: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
  • Genre(s): Performing Arts, Dance
  • Rating: NR
  • Filmed at the Royal Opera House June 12th 2018
  • Running Time: 3 hrs. including two intervals

The Moxie: On Stage is a new series showcasing world class performances from stages across the globe.

Tickets: $20/adults; $15/members & students.

This series is made possible thanks to a grant from the Springfield Regional Arts Council.

Swan Lake has had a special role in the repertory of The Royal Ballet since 1934.
This Season The Royal Ballet creates a new production with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane. Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night. Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’s first ballet score. Given its status today as arguably the best loved and most admired of all classical ballets, it is perhaps surprising that at its premiere in 1877 Swan Lake was poorly received. It is thanks to the 1895 production by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov that Swan Lake has become part of not only ballet consciousness but also wider popular culture. That success is secured not only by the sublime, symphonic sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score, but also by the striking choreographic contrasts between Petipa’s royal palace scenes and the lyric lakeside scenes created by Ivanov.

"Nothing short of a triumph."
- Emma Byrne, The Standard
"The Royal Ballet's spellbinder leaves you weeping."
- Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
"[John] Macfarlane’s use of the vast depth of stage is extraordinary, perhaps even unprecedented, and it’s like being ushered to the grandest ball in 1890s Vienna."
- Mark Monahan, The Telegraph
"Scarlett delivers a triumphant new Swan Lake for The Royal Ballet. There’s no doubt: this Swan Lake is a keeper. "
- Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack
"Beautiful, heartfelt, Liam Scarlett and John Macfarlane's new version of the classic takes wings."
- Hanna Weibye, The Arts Desk
"A triumph of tutus and dazzling dancing. Vadim Muntagirov and Marianela Nuñez gave Liam Scarlett’s production premiere the best possible start in life. "
- Louise Levene, The Financial Times
"Swan Lakes can be deeply personal to ballet fans, and Scarlett has sensibly not meddled too greatly with the pivotal moments and the emotions they evoke. He has simply tinkered and updated the classic story for the 21st century."
- Broadway World
"What a magnificent achievement this is. The young choreographer Liam Scarlett has given Covent Garden its first new Swan Lake in 30 years, and it’s a winner. Big, bold and beautiful, it’s completely distinctive — Scarlett has put his stamp all over this production — yet it honours the traditions of the Royal Ballet."
- Debra Craine, The Sunday Times
"A new Swan Lake is a once-in-a-generation thing – and Liam Scarlett's starry and spectacular staging proves suitably grand. The Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake is handsome, very grand and danced to the hilt. From glittering court acts to the misty romantic lakeside, it balances spectacle, storytelling and powerful dancing from the entire company, with Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov on glorious form in the leading roles."
- Zoë Anderson, Independent UK
"A breathtakingly beautiful new production of the classic from Royal Ballet. The Royal Ballet’s previous production of 'Swan Lake' had served the company for 30 years. It was time for a refresh – but what a daunting task to come up with a new version of the world’s most loved ballet. Luckily, the RB’s artist in residence Liam Scarlett has risen to the challenge."
- Siobhan Murphy, Time Out

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