Petipa’s Swans

Sep 1 2016 | By More

Playhouse welcomes St Petersburg Ballet Theatre

After all the modern takes on classic productions during the EIF, it is back to basics for the Playhouse this week with the original Swan Lake, as choreographed by Petipa and Ovanov.

The production comes in from The St Petersburg Ballet Theatre which specialises in touring traditional interpretations of the Russian ballet classics, who arrive in town for just three nights, to Saturday 3 September 2016.

Irina Kolesnikova as Odette

Irina Kolesnikova as Odette

Starring prima ballerina Irina Kolesnikova in the role of Odette, the 55-strong company dance to Tchaikovsky’s soaring, full-throated score performed by St Petersburg Ballet Orchestra.

The classic tale of magic and romance tells of the love story between Prince Siegfried and the Swan Princess Odette, who has been cast under an evil spell by sorcerer Von Rothbart. She and her companions are trapped on the lake and only allowed to become human as night falls.

The only way to break the spell is for one who has never loved another, to love Odette, The Swan Princess. So Prince Siegfried takes it upon himself to break the spell and rescue his princess, little knowing that Rothbart has other princesses up his villainous sleeves.

This is the realm of perfectly regimented corps-de-ballet, lines of dancers en-pointe all moving as one with their pristine white swan costumes bouncing in gorgeous, synchronised movement. Not to forget all those exciting Act III international dances and that final, tragic pas-de-deux.


Swan Lake
Edinburgh Playhouse, 18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA
Thursday 1 – Saturday 3 September 2016
Evenings: 7.30pm
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