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Swan Lake by Noureyev, music by Tchaikovsky

Agnès Letestu (Odette), José Martinez (Siegfried) – Corps de Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris

Swan Lake by Noureyev, music by Tchaikovsky Agnès Letestu (Odette), José Martinez (Siegfried) – Corps de Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris

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Rudolf Nureyev's personal vision of one of the world's most popular ballets: Swan Lake, performed by the Paris Opera Ballet.

Swan Lake is the vision of a poet: the beloved belongs to another world, the young woman/swan rendered inaccessible by virtue of her condition. Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov gave form to this fantasy in 1895, using the poignant score that Tchaikovsky had composed in 1877. In the "Freudian" version that Rudolf Nureyev staged for the Paris Opéra Ballet in 1984, the Prince Siegfried refuses the realities of power and marriage that his mother and tutor seek to impose upon him. He takes refuge in the imaginary, a vision of a magical lake that offers an idealized love that he is incapable of sustaining. In this production for the Paris Opéra, Nureyev remained faithful to the Petipa/Ivanov version, doing away with the character of the Jester (added in 1920, by Alexander Gorsky), and reintroducing the tutor Wolfgang – an authoritative and important influence on the prince – to Act I. It is Siegried's feverish imagination that transforms the tutor, in the following acts, into the malevolent Rothbart, a diabolical manipulator of bodies and souls. An equivocal, double-faced character, he symbolises a spirit of destruction that opposes the hero's idealism.

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Program

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky / Rudolf Nureyev, Swan Lake
    • Act I
    • Act II
    • Act III
    • Act IV

Details

  • Directed by:
    • François Roussillon
  • Production date: 2006
  • Duration: 2 h 21 min
  • Production: © Opéra national de Paris – François Roussillon et associés
  • Available version(s): EN

Casting

  • Rudolf Nureyev | Choreographer, Stage director
  • Ezio Frigerio | Set designer
  • Franca Squarciapino | Costumes
  • Vinicio Cheli | Lighting
  • Agnès Letestu | Odette
  • José Martinez | Siegfried
  • Karl Paquette | Wolfgang
  • Karl Paquette | Rothbart
  • Agnès Letestu | Odile
  • Muriel Hallé | The Queen
  • The Premiers Danseurs du Corps de Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris
  • Corps de Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris

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