R. van Dantzig/ T. van Schayk / P. I. Tchaikovsky

Swan Lake


Classical ballet in four acts, three parts

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: 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. It was Marius Petipa's and Lev Ivanov's choreography that brought fame for the piece and established a tradition, and most companies to this day still dance the piece following this blueprint. Rudi van Dantzig and Toer van Schayk revised this classic creative work in 1988.

The same female ballet dancer portrays both Odette – the pure, innocent white swan– and Odile – the seductive, manipulative black swan in the Hungarian National Ballet’s brand-new production.

Act one
Siegfried’s birthday party in the castle garden
 
To celebrate Siegfried’s eighteenth birthday, Alexander and the courtiers and neighbours have organized a surprise party for him in the garden of the castle. The Prince’s tutor Von Rasposen is irritated by Siegfried and Alexander’s friendly relationship with the local peasants. The festivities are interrupted by the arrival of the Queen, the Prince’s mother. She presents her son with a ring reminding him of his future role as successor to the throne: he will soon have to choose a bride. Siegfried is downcast at the prospect of his youth drawing to a close. As darkness falls he and Alexander ponder on the future. They decide to explore the surrounding forest.
 
Act two
The meeting with Odette
 
Lost in the forest, Siegfried and Alexander arrive at the banks of a great lake. A huge circling bird of prey fills them with fear: it is as if the form of Von Rasposen is still spying on them. The bird of prey – in fact the wicked magician Von Rothbart – summons a swan out of the dark lake, which takes on human form. In Odette, the Swan Queen, and her retinue of  swan maidens, Siegfried believes he has found the realization of his ideal of sincerity and simplicity. Surrounded by these pure shapes he is overcome with joy. He swears to remain forever true to his ideals.
 
Act three
The betrayal
 
During a ball at the castle several brides-in-waiting are presented to Siegfried. But to the amazement of the guests, and to his mother’s alarm, Siegfried refuses to make a choice; all the pomp and splendour contrast starkly with the purity of the vision experienced at the lakeside. Von Rasposen announces the last guests: Von Rothbart, his daughter Odile and their retinue. Siegfried imagines that the Black Swan, Odile, is a manifestation of the White Swan Queen, Odette, but still he wavers. Von Rothbart and Odile blind him with a sensual display of dazzling virtuosity. To Alexander’s dismay Siegfried yields and offers Odile the ring. Too late he realizes that he has betrayed his ideal, Odette. Stricken, he flees back to the lake in despair.
 
Act four
The reconciliation with Odette
 
Disillusioned and betrayed, Odette and the swan maidens tarry by the moonlit lakeside, where Siegfried finds them. Odette forgives Siegfried and attempts to comfort him, telling him that he must learn to live with reality. Von Rothbart tries to drive Siegfried away from the lake, but although Siegfried manages to defy him, he drowns in the waters. Von Rasposen abandons his futile search for the Prince, while Alexander discovers the lifeless body of his friend. In Alexander, Siegfried’s ideals will live on.



General cast

Conductor
Domonkos Héja / András Déri
Odette /Odile
Aliya Tanykpayeva / Shoko Nakamura / Alexandra Kozmér / Minjung Kim
Siegfried
Dmitry Timofeev / Iurii Kekalo / Zoltán Oláh / Gergely Leblanc
Rothbart
Roland Liebich / Mikalai Radziush / József Cserta / Attila Szakács
Alexandr
Ievgen Lagunov / Máté Bakó / Boris Myasnikov / Carlos Taravillo
Pas de trois girls
Ildikó Boros / Yuliya Golovyna / Cristina Balaban / Lili Felméri / Adrienn Pap / Jessica Carulla Leon

Creators

Choreography after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Rudi van Dantzig
Choreography of folk dances
Toer van Schayk
Composer
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Set Designer
Toer van Schayk
Costume Designer
Toer van Schayk
Light designer
Jan Hofstra
Coach
Eleonora Demichelis / Caroline Iura / Toer van Schayk
Assistant set and costume designer
Ruud Lutgens
Répétiteurs
Tamás Tengler / Mária Aradi / Angéla Kövessy / Ildikó Pongor / Marianna Venekei

Events

2015. April 24., Fri, 19:00
2015. April 25., Sat, 19:00
2015. April 26., Sun, 19:00
2015. April 29., Wed, 19:00
2015. April 30., Thu, 19:00
2015. May 02., Sat, 19:00
2015. May 03., Sun, 19:00
2015. May 07., Thu, 19:00
2015. May 09., Sat, 19:00
2015. May 10., Sun, 19:00

R. van Dantzig-T. van Schayk-P. I. Csajkovszkij: A hattyúk tava | Swan Lake