Moscow Festival Ballet
Full-length Ballet in Four Acts
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikowski
Choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
While hunting, Prince Siegfried sees an amazing swan. As he takes aim to shoot, the swan turns into a beautiful woman. The woman, Odette, tells the prince that she is a princess who has come under the spell of an evil sorcerer. During the day she must be a swan and swim in a lake of tears. At night she is allowed to be a human again. The spell can only be broken if a virgin prince swears eternal fidelity to her.
Prince Siegfried falls madly in love with Odette. However, through a spell by the evil sorcerer, he accidentally proposes to another woman at a party, believing that the woman is really Odette. Princess Odette feels doomed. She throws herself into the lake. The Prince feels terribly sorry he was tricked and throws himself into the lake with her. In an incredibly touching moment, the two are transformed into lovers in the afterlife.
MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET Company of 50 Artistic Director: Sergei Radchenko The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko sought to realize his vision of a company which would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet.