Rudi van Dantzig – Toer van Schayk / Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


ballet 12

Classical ballet in three acts

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 production.

David Coleman Imre Kollár
Odette /Odile
Aliya Tanykpayeva Tatyjana Melnyik Ganna Muromtseva Maria Beck Maria Yakovleva
Dmitry Timofeev Gergely Leblanc Boris Zhurilov Gergő Ármin Balázsi Louis Scrivener
Takaaki Okajima Vlagyiszlav Melnyik Nyikolaj Ragyus Iurii Kekalo Rafael Fernandez Ramos
Valerio Palumbo Raffaello Barbieri Taran Dumitru Alberto Ortega de Pablos András Rónai
Pas de trois girls
Lili Felméry Nutsa Chekurashvili Ellina Pokhodnykh Yourim Lee Yuki Wakabayashi Claudia García Carriera Julija Ragyus Diana Kosyreva Miyu Takamori
Big Swans
Anastasiia Konstantinova Olha Skrypchenko Ekaterine Surmava Adrienn Horányi Lea Földi Kristina Starostina Nika Crnić Ganna Muromtseva
Little Swans
Miyu Takamori Olga Chernakova Yuki Wakabayashi Nadezhda Sorokina Diana Kosyreva Rita Hangya Lili Felméry Matilde Noemi Barbaglia Yuka Asai Rita Hangya Yuki Wakabayashi Yourim Lee
Kseniia Kulikova Yuiko Adachi Nika Crnić Olha Skrypchenko Anastasiia Konstantinova Kristina Starostina Artemisz Pisla Salomé Figueiredo de Santana Inès Furuhashi-Huber Rubina Ellenrieder Natsuna Oya Barbara Kerényi Lisa Roselli Ágnes Kelemen Nutsa Chekurashvili Aglaja Sawatzki Dóra Szelényi Adrienn Horányi
Spanish girls
Lea Földi Liudmila Mizinova Dóra Szelényi Yuiko Adachi Ágnes Kelemen Kelsey Ilona Szigeti-Scanlon Kateryna Tarasova Salomé Figueiredo de Santana Anna Krupp
Spanish boys
Kóbor Demeter Vlagyiszlav Melnyik Louis Scrivener Léo Lecarpentier Rafael Fernandez Ramos
Pas de six solos
Claudia García Carriera Taran Dumitru Diana Kosyreva András Rónai Elena Sharipova Raffaello Barbieri Yourim Lee Ryosuke Morimoto
Pas de six girls
Olga Chernakova Nadezhda Sorokina Miyu Takamori Yuki Wakabayashi Matilde Noemi Barbaglia Julija Ragyus Rita Hangya
Pas de six boys
Yago Guerra Motomi Kiyota Gaetano Cottonaro Valerio Palumbo Alberto Ortega de Pablos Carlos Taravillo Mahillo Dmitry Zhukov Francesco Sardella
Neapolitan girls
Artemisz Pisla Anita Tiffany Pesel Yuka Asai Rita Hangya Réka Sári Stefanida Ovcharenko Barbara Kerényi Nadezhda Sorokina Yuka Asai Natsuna Oya
Neapolitan boys
Francesco Sardella Kristóf Morvai Dávid Molnár Motomi Kiyota Yago Guerra Gabriele, Lucci Balázs Majoros Lien Geslin-Vinck Riku Yamamoto
Hungarian solos
Jessica Carulla Leon Balázs Majoros Ildikó Boros Kristóf Morvai Liudmila Mizinova Maksym Kovtun
the students of the Hungarian National Ballet Institute


Premiere: April 25, 2015

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Act I
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 II
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.

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 IV
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.