Swan Lake is one of the most important works of the world's classical ballet repertoire, one which surprises with its beauty, drama and lyricism.
The story begins in 1875, when the director of the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, Vladimir Begitchev, commissioned from composer Tchaikovsky a song for a ballet inspired by women-swans legends. Two years later, the spectacle premiered in Russia, but without the expected success.
In 1894, the then director of the Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg, Prince Ivan Alexandrovich, decided to honor the composer, who had died the previous year, with a new version of Swan Lake. He entrusted to Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov a new choreography, presented in January 1895. The Ballet in four acts was an absolute success, becoming one of the most popular classical ballets.
The fourth staging, in 1997, involved dancer Bertha Rosanova, star of the 1959 Swan Lake season, rehearsing the cast, which included dancers Ana Botafogo, Fernanda Diniz, Nora Esteves, Renata Versiani, Teresa Augusta, Paulo Rodrigues, Francisco Timbó, Hélio Bejani, Allan Falieri, Renato Cabral, Bruno Cezário e Roberto Lima.
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Curatorship and Text
Fatima Cristina Gonçalves