18 August, Friday, 20:00

St. Petersburg Theater of Ballet presents an updated version of "Swan Lake" ballet choreographed by Marius Petipa and Ieo Ivanov

The ballet was premiered on 4 March (O.S. 20 February) 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. The choreographer of the original production was Julius Reisinger (Václav Reisinger). Ballerina Pelageya Karpakova was the first one, who performed the role of Odette. The première was not well-received, with near unanimous criticism concerning the dancers, orchestra, and stage sets.

Marius Petipa considered reviving Swan Lake and wаs in talks with Petr Tchaikovsky about doing so. However, Tchaikovsky died on 6 November 1893. In coordination with Modest Tchaikovsky (young brother) and  the composer Riccardo Drigo the performance was revised.

On 17 February 1894, two memorial concerts were given in honor of Tchaikovsky. The production included the second Act of Swan Lake, choreographed by Lev Ivanov, Second Balletmaster to the Imperial Ballet. Ivanov's choreography for the memorial concert was unanimously hailed as wonderful.The première of the Petipa/Ivanov/Drigo revival was quite a success and became classical one.

Duration time — 2 hours 20 minutes
Ticket cost —1000-4000 roubles

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