Swan Lake premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in 1877, to the music of Tchaikovsky. What many people do not know is that the original version was a major fiasco and was quickly forgotten. Not until Petipa/Ivanov’s new production eight years later did the ballet achieve recognition. This interested Alexander Ekman – the forgotten Swan Lake, a work about which we know nothing. Now he has chosen to recreate and freely poeticise over this first Swan Lake, the fiasco.
A Swan Lake is his first full-length narrative ballet. Together with top designer Henrik Vibskov and with new music by composer Mikael Karlsson, he has created A Swan Lake with the whole company on stage, a full orchestra in the pit and a real lake on the Main House stage!
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