St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre

Swan Lake

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ballet by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov set to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Performance by the Leonid Yakobson Ballet Theatre


Soloists of the Leonid Yakobson Ballet Theatre


Music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Libretto by Vladimir Begichev and Vasily Geltser
Sets and costumes designed by Vyacheslav Okunev
Lighting Designer Yevgeny Ganzburg

About the production

Swan Lake is the most popular ballet in the world and a symbol of the art of choreography. It is all but impossible that any civilised person could be found who is unfamiliar with the music of the Dance of the Cygnets. Pyotr Tchaikovsky's innovative and truly symphonic score allowed the two outstanding choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov to create their widely-acclaimed masterpiece (1895). The refined images of the white swans, the technically and stylistically demanding role of Odette-Odile and the female protagonist's thirty-two fouettés in the finale of Act II invariably excite the audience's imagination.
The Leonid Yakobson Ballet Theatre offers a revived version of the ballet. The sets and costumes have been executed by Vyacheslav Okunev, People's Artist of Russia and recipient of the Golden Mask and Golden Sofit theatre prizes.

The performance lasts 2 hours 40 minutes 
The performance has two intervals

Established in 1969 by Leonid Veniaminovich Yakobson, the St Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theatre rightly bears the name of its founder and carefully preserves the traditions he laid down. Today the company is developing several trends in its repertoire – the classics, Leonid Yakobson’s own works and productions by contemporary Russian choreographers. The theatre’s work has received a special prize from the Golden Mask festival jury (for the production The Wedding Cortege), St Petersburg’s highest theatre prize the Golden Sofit and the Taglioni Prize, established in 2014 by the Vladimir Malakhov Foundation (for the programme Classical Miniatures by Leonid Yakobson). The company performs at various theatres in St Petersburg, appears at major international festivals and performs in towns and cities throughout Russia, France, Italy, Spain, the USA, Canada, Japan, China, Mexico, Finland, Croatia, Switzerland, Belarus and Estonia.

Artistic Director – Honoured Artist of Russia, Andrian Fadeyev

Age category 6+

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