The Psychological Drama
The ballet charts the journey of a beautiful princess named Odette, who is transformed into a swan through the spell of an evil sorcerer. Odette falls in love with Prince Siegfried. The suspense of the story lies in whether or not the Prince will be able to cast away the spell. Also, the constant struggle between the evil and good make the ballet all the more intriguing. With such intricate psychological complexities, twists and turns, Swan Lake has come to be known as one of the most celebrated and loved ballets since the time it was first staged in 1877.
The Original Ballet
Swan Lake was composed by the famous music director Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Choreographed by Julius Reisinger, the ballet premiered on the 4th of March, 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Since then numerous productions have come up with various versions of the ballet and staged shows in different corners around the world.
The most popular production is the 1895 revival by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa. The premiere of New York City Ballet’s ‘Swan Lake’ took place in November of 1951. This is a one act ballet that was put together by the renowned ballet master George Balanchine, along the lines of Lev Ivanov’s work.
Martin’s 1996 Version of Swan Lake
Peter Martin’s full length version of the Swan Lake was first performed by the Royal Danish Ballet in 1996. He modified 19th century’s original piece that was also presented by the ballet master George Balanchine in 1951. The only traditional component in Martin’s 1996 version was the music score by Tchaikovsky. Unlike the original version, Martin chose to present his characters in a more mysterious light. His version of Swan Lake carries darker tones and thus can be termed as an intense fairytale.
The New Show
While retaining the popular aspects of the traditional version of Petipa and Ivanov, Martin presents the new production of Swan Lake with clarity and well balanced pace that the New York City ballet is reputed for. He has also picked up the lakeside sequences from the one act ballet version of the choreographer Balanchine.
The set designs and décor is done by Per Kirkeby, Denmark’s leading artist whose paintings and sculptures have been exhibited at the prestigious art centers such as the Venice Biennale, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, London’s Barbican Center, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The light design for the production is by Mark Stanley. The costume designs are by Barbara Matea. With such an experienced, renowned and talented team, the upcoming show at the David H. Koch Theatre this September is expected to be a sold out event. The demand for the Swan Lake tickets has been on the rise ever since the dates for the show were announced.