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Swan Lake

WORLD PREMIERE

March 4th 1877, Bolshoi Theater, Moscow, Russia
Choreography: Julius Reisinger
Music: Piotr Ilich Tchaikovski
Cast: Odette/Prince Siegfried/Reina madre/Rothbart/Odile
Source

BALLET NACIONAL SODRE PREMIERE

1957, Ballet Nacional Sodre, Montevideo, Uruguay
Choreography: Marius Petipa, Lev I. Ivanov
Music: Piotr Ilich Tchaikovski
Orchestra direction: Mtro. Carlos Estrada 

REVIVALS

1959, Ballet Nacional Sodre, Montevideo, Uruguay
Choreography: Marius Petipa, Lev I. Ivanov
Music: Piotr Ilich Tchaikovski
 
1962, Ballet Nacional Sodre, Montevideo, Uruguay
Choreography: Marius Petipa, Lev I. Ivanov
Music: Piotr Ilich Tchaikovski
Orchestra direction: Mtro. Carlos Estrada
 
1963, Ballet Nacional Sodre, Montevideo, Uruguay
Choreography: Marius Petipa, Lev I. Ivanov
Music: Piotr Ilich Tchaikovski
 
1966, Ballet Nacional Sodre, Montevideo, Uruguay
Swan Lake Pas de Trois
Choreography: Marius Petipa, Lev I. Ivanov
Music: Piotr Ilich Tchaikovski
Orchestra direction: Mtro. Nino Stinco
 
1969, Ballet Nacional Sodre, Montevideo, Uruguay
Choreography: Marius Petipa, Lev I. Ivanov
Music: Piotr Ilich Tchaikovski
Orchestra direction: Mtro. Guido Santorsola
 
1969, Ballet Nacional Sodre, Montevideo, Uruguay
Swan Lake Suite
Choreography: Marius Petipa, Lev I. Ivanov
Music: Piotr Ilich Tchaikovski
Orchestra direction: (recorded music)
 
1982, Ballet Nacional Sodre, Montevideo, Uruguay
Choreography: Marius Petipa, Lev I. Ivanov
Music: Piotr Ilich Tchaikovski
Orchestra direction: Mtro. Miguel Patron Marchand
 
2006, Ballet Nacional Sodre, Montevideo, Uruguay
Choreography: Gustavo Mollajou
Music: Piotr Ilich Tchaikovski

Argumento

Act I

Scene 1

It is the day when Prince Siegfried celebrates his 18th birthday. He is in the terraces of the palace celebrating with his friends, part of the court and peasants. The arrival of the Queen and her retinue interrupt the party and she reminds the Prince that he has reached the age when he must get married and assume new responsibilities regarding his life and the kingdom. The Queen has prepared a great ball where the nicest princesses will be introduced to the Prince so he chooses one of them as his wife. Prince Siegfried is overwhelmed by the loss of his freedom and the obligation to make a decision that will change his life. The Queen gives him a beautiful crossbow. His friends and companions invite him to hunt on the shore of the lake, as they have seen a lovely flock of swans.

Scene 2

The Prince and his friends reach the shores of the lake when the moon is already starting to rise. They see the delicate white swans. When aiming his crossbow at the swans, Prince Siegfried realizes that they have the shapes and facial features of women. He is attracted by one of them, Odette, and before she tries to escape scared, he stops her. Odette tells him that Von Rothbart keeps her captive with the other swans that were also princesses like her. The only thing that can break the spell is a promise of eternal love and fidelity. Siegfried, charmed by Odette, confesses her his love and promises to help her and the other princesses. With the first light of dawn, they turn into swans again. Before bidding goodbye, Siegfried swears love to her.

Act II

Scene 1 

A ball is organized by the Queen in honor of her son in the palace. The court and representatives of various embassies from faraway friend kingdoms salute him. Siegfried is absent-minded, worried by his imminent marriage and his new future. The princesses invited enter and are presented to the Prince for him to choose one of them. Suddenly, Von Rothbart arrives with a princess who had not been invited: Odile. Siegfried believes that she is his beloved Odette. They dance together and Siegfried becomes a prisoner of her charm. He tells his mother that he has chosen this Princess. Von Rothbart demands him to pledge undying love before the entire court. When Siegfried makes his oath, he realizes that he has been deceived, that Odile is not Odette, whom he sees desperate in the distant lake. Von Rothbart and Odile escape. Siegfried leaves in search of his true love.

Scene 2

Siegfried realizes that his terrible mistake condemns Odette and the other swans forever. On the shores of the lake, the young swans meet Odette, who tells them what happened. Siegfried reaches them and begs Odette for forgiveness. Von Rothbart returns victorious to the lake to have what is his. Odette and Siegfried confront him, fighting in vain, since the tragic spell can no longer be broken. Odette, already without hope and sad because of Siegfried’s treason, decides to leap from the top of a cliff into the lake. When seeing this, Siegfried, who does not conceive his life without Odette and blames himself for what happened, also leaps into the lake. They sacrifice their lives and their love to defeat Von Rothbart and release the rest of the swans. The spirits of Odette and Siegfried, united forever, appear on the lake.