About Swan Lake

Moscow Ballet's Swan Lake photo courtesy Gary Lambert

Moscow Ballet ... "Hot ticket" New York Times

Moscow Ballet's Swan Lake“Expansive… brimful with feeling….elegantly generous” New York Times, Alastair Macaulay, Chief Dance Critic

"Expressive and a delight to watch" Washington Post

40 star-studded dancers perform Olympic-worthy leaps in Moscow Ballet’slavish Swan Lake. “Brimful with feeling” says the New York Times. Moscow Ballet’s traditional telling of the tragic Swan Lake story includes award-winning dancers, lavish costumes. Celebrate Russian ballet and the beauty of the world-renowned dancers in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Swan Lake. Find a performance in Your City.

“Sheer splendor and elegant dancing” Baltimore Sun 

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Swan Lake, one of the world’s most famous and beloved ballets, is performed to the cherished score by Pytor I. Tchaikovsky. The ballet features a moving sculpture garden where Russian passion governs in the statuesque bearing of the many male dancers, and the exquisite long lines of the women, all attacking each step with enviable Russian precision.

Odette and SwansWhile the original version is more than four hours long, Moscow Ballet’s staging has been artfully edited to two Acts, yet it still manages to run the gamut of human emotion from elation to despair, purity to corruption, and melancholy to joy. Performances in Russia and Cuba often have happy endings and in the Moscow Ballet version the evil Von Rothbart is vanquished and the loving couple head toward marital bliss.

 
“Breathtaking athleticism … beautiful” Minneapolis-St Paul Pioneer Press
 
The original Swan Lake ballet was based on a German myth, although legends of swan-maidens date as far back as ancient Greece. The ballet was first performed in Moscow in 1877 to the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.