R. Van Dantzig/ T. Van Schayk / P. I. Csajkovszkij

Swan Lake

Classical ballet in three acts

The Hungarian State Opera House’s audience has been forced to go without Swan Lake for five years. In the 2014/2015 season, we are compensating for this absence with a completely new production! Tchaikovsky’s first ballet is the most beloved classical piece in ballet literature, and has even served as an inspiration for Hollywood: in the 2010 film The Black Swan, Nathalie Portman portrayed a prima donna rehearsing for Swan Lake, and won nearly every existing film award for her performance.

While the hardships of love between a prince forced into marriage and a maiden enchanted into the form of a swan is one of the most charming Russian romantic fairy tales, the piece nevertheless failed at its original premiere in 1877. The choreographers creating the premiere were simply not equal to Tchaikovsky’s genius. Finally, in 1895, two artists from the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanon, created a work of choreography so fantastic that it established a tradition, and most companies to this day still dance the piece following this blueprint. Rudi van Dantzig revised this classic creative work in 1988.

It’s also as good as customary for the same female ballet dancer to portray both Odette – the pure, innocent white swan – and Odile – the seductive, manipulative black swan; and this will also be the case in the Hungarian National Ballet’s brand-new production.

General cast


Koreográfia Marius Petipa és Lev Ivanov nyomán
Rudi van Dantzig
Néptáncbetét koreográfia
Toer van Schayk
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Set Designer
Toer van Schayk
Costume Designer
Toer van Schayk
Light designer
Jan Hofstra
Caroline Iura / Eleonora Demichelis
A díszlet- és jelmeztervező asszisztense
Ruud Lutgens