P.I. Chaikovsky. "Swan Lake" Fantastic ballet in two acts
Classical Ballet Festival
Russian classical ballet named after M. Petipa
Libretto: Vladimir Begichev, Vasily Geltser Choreography: Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov Edited by Valentin Grishchenko Costumes Yulia Zhuravleva Orchestra of the Novaya Opera Theater Conductor Valery Kritskov
The most important milestone in the history of ballet, in the fate of this musical and theatrical genre, was the work of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). In essence, it was he who truly made the ballet a musical and dramatic genre, freed music from the role of “illustrator” of choreography. At the same time, the composer mainly worked in the tough “proposed circumstances” of ballet drama. In all Tchaikovsky’s ballets without exception, the music is simultaneously plastic, choreographic, subjective - and at the same time possesses the deepest power of generalization, which gives theatrical composition symphonic features. Tchaikovsky’s first ballet masterpiece, Swan Lake, survived two births. The first happened in 1877, when a ballet scripted by V. Begichev and V. Gelzer was staged at the Bolshoi Theater. The second birth took place after the death of the author: in the winter of 1894 at the Mariinsky Theater the premiere of the composition was edited by the great choreographer Marius Petipa and his student Lev Ivanov. It was they who discovered the deep dramatic potential of the work, it was their edition that became an unfading classic. The Russian classical ballet named after M. Petipa offers a version of Petipa edited by Valentin Grishchenko.