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Updated: Mar 15

The Swan Lake ballet is one of the most famous and emblematic pieces of the classical repertoire.

It was premiered in 1877 by Russian composer Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, with a libretto written by Vladimir Petrovich Begichev and Vasily Geltser.

The story of the ballet revolves around a prince named Siegfried who falls in love with a swan princess named Odette.

Odette is under the spell of an evil wizard, Von Rothbart, who has transformed her into a swan. Only the promise of eternal love can break the spell. Prince Siegfried swears to remain faithful to Odette, but during a ball given in her honor, he is deceived by Von Rothbart who presents his daughter, Odile, disguised as Odette. Siegfried, deceived by the resemblance, declares his love for Odile. When he realizes his mistake, he rushes to the lake to find Odette and begs her to forgive him.

Together they confront Von Rothbart and ultimately find freedom in death.

Swan Lake is appreciated for its magnificent music and elegant choreography.

It was first presented in Moscow at the Bolshoi Theater in 1877, but its popularity only really took off after Tchaikovsky's death in 1893.

The ballet has been revised many times by different dance companies over the years, and different versions still exist today.

The success of the Swan Lake ballet is based on the beauty of its music and dance, as well as the emotion and tragedy of the story. It has become a mainstay of the classical repertoire and continues to be performed by dance companies around the world, mesmerizing and amazing audiences with its blend of grace, romance and drama.

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