Ballet season 2011: Swan Lake (Ballet l'Opera de national de Paris)

Swan Lake (Le Lac des Cygnes)

By Rudolf Nureyev SATURDAY 22 JANUARY and SUNDAY 23 JANUARY (Additional screenings at select cinemas)

Participating cinemas

Running time: Two acts, approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes

Performed by Ballet l’Opéra national de Paris

Choreography and direction: Rudolf Nureyev (Opéra national de Paris, 1984) after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov Performers: Les Étoiles Agnès Letestu and José Martinez, the Premier Danseur Karl Paquette, the Premiers Danseurs and the Corps de Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris Music: Piotr Ilytich Tchaikovski, performed by Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris, conducted by Vello Pähn Set design: Ezio Frigerio Costumes: Franca Squarciapino Lighting: Vinicio Cheli

This ballet performance is based on the scenario by Vladimir Begichev and Vassili Geltser after Russian folk tales and ancient German legend. Swan Lake/ Le Lac des Cygnes is a co-production by the Opéra national de Paris, François Roussillon et Associés, with the participation of Francetélévisions and TF1 and the support of the CNC. Production by François Roussillon.

In Rudolf Nureyev's ballet, Prince Siegfried shies away from the reality of power and marriage, by taking refuge in his dreams. He has a vision of a magic lake, representing the idealised love of a swan/maiden. This tragic impasse renders darker still the melancholy poetry of this fantasy tale.