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Swan Lake (Schwanensee)

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OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
June 03 20:00, June 08 19:00, June 09 19:00, June 12 19:00, June 15 20:00, June 17 20:30, June 23 19:00
Programme
Swan LakeMusic: Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich (1840-1893)
Choreography: Marius Petipa (Original), Lev Ivanov (Original), Alexei Ratmansky
Performers
Ballett Zürich
Pavel BaleffConductor
Jérôme KaplanSet Designer, Costume Designer
Viktorina KapitonovaDancerOdette/Odile
Alexander JonesDancerSiegfried
Manuel RenardDancerVon Rothbart
Bartlomiej NiziolViolin
Philharmonia Zürich

The ballet of the ballets in its original form! Alexei Ratmansky reconstructed Swan Lake

Like no other ballet in the classical repertoire, Swan Lake  has enjoyed undisputed popularity for more than a century. Yet the Moscow première of 1877, choreographed by Wenzel Reisinger, was a disappointment. Only in 1895, two years after Tchaikovsky’s death, did Swan Lake’s success story begin, when the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg presented a new version of the hitherto almost forgotten work in honour of the composer. This Swan Lake, by Marius Petipa and Leo Ivanov, established a performance tradition that has lasted to this day, and was the point of departure for innumerable new creations, which although they refer to the two choreographers have become further and further removed from the original version.

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. The former Ballet Director of Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre is now “Artist in Residence” with the American Ballet Theatre, and works with the world’s most prestigious ballet companies.
With the aid of the Stepanov notation – a system of ballet codification developed in the late 19th century, Ratmansky has resurrected the work in its original form, thus offering an exciting view of a lost ballet tradition.

Viktorina Kapitonova (Odette) © Carlos Quezada
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