I have only watched musicals or plays, where there will be dialogues between people. So, watching a ballet, where there was only music and dancing, was an interesting experience for me as I didn’t know what to expect. When I was in St Petersburg, Russia, I had the opportunity to watch the famous ballet ‘Swan Lake’ in The Palace Theatre. Swan Lake is Tchaikovsky‘s first ballet score and is well-known throughout the world.
There are 4 acts altogether: The Party, Discovering Swan Lake, Deception and The Resolution.
Here’s a short synopsis of Swan Lake:
During Prince Siegfried’s birthday celebration, his mother gives him a crossbow and informs him that because he is of age now and that he will have an arranged marriage. He takes his crossbow and makes haste to the woods.
Prince Siegfried finds himself a peaceful spot by an enchanted lake where there are swans. He spots the most beautiful swan with a crown on its head. As dusk falls, the swan with the crown turns into the most beautiful young woman he has ever seen. Her name is Odette, the Swan Queen. She informs the young prince that an evil sorcerer, Von Rothbart, has turned her and the other girls into swans. The spell can only be broken if a virgin prince swears eternal infidelity to her.
Prince Siegfried falls madly in love with Odette. However, through a spell by the evil sorcerer, he accidentally proposes to another woman at a party, believing that the woman is really Odette. Princess Odette feels doomed. She threatens to kill herself and throws herself into the lake. The Prince feels terribly sorry and throws himself into the lake with her. In an incredibly touching moment, the two are transformed into lovers in the afterlife.
Here’s some pictures for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
It was truly a memorable night. The dancers were so graceful and talented. They danced in synchronized movements and showed great beauty when they danced that they captivated the whole audience. Even though there was no dialogue, their movements were able to keep the audience entertained and glued to their every move for the whole 1.5 hours.
To watch a short clip on ‘Swan Lake’, please click this Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmgfOXr-rZw
You can see how synchronized the dancers were. They must have practiced very hard to reach this perfection!
Swan Lake Ballet was certainly a joy to watch! I really enjoyed this experience and will look forward to another dance/ballet show. I would highly recommend you to watch this ballet as it will be an unforgettable experience.