Ballet in Cinema

The Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake

 Emerging Pictures


The Royal Ballet’s SWAN LAKE

Sunday, November 4 & Tuesday, November 6

At Carmike Pittsburgh and The Oaks Theater


Starring Zenaida Yanowsky and Nehemiah Kish

Choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov


The Royal Ballet’s Cinema season opens with Anthony Dowell’s production of Swan Lake, created for the company in 1987, with Dowell aiming to return to the authentic version of the choreography created by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov for the Mariinsky Theatre in 1895. Tchaikovsky’s first ballet, Swan Lake, is considered by many to be one of the greatest classical ballets of all time, mesmerizing audiences for more than 100 years with its romance and beauty.


In Swan Lake, Prince Siegfried sees an amazing swan while hunting.  As he takes aim to shoot, the swan turns into a beautiful woman: Odette, who tells Siegfried that she is a princess who has come under the spell of an evil sorcerer Rothbart. During the day she is a swan who must swim in a lake of tears, and only at night is she allowed to take human form.  The spell can only be broken if a prince will love her eternally; otherwise she must forever remain a swan.  Having fallen madly in love with Odette, Prince Siegfried, through a spell of the evil Rothbart, mistakes another woman, the evil black swan Odile – Odette’s double – for his love and proposes to her.  At that very moment the throne room is plunged into darkness: Odette appears before the assembled company and then recedes. Siegfried, realizing his mistake rushes after her in despair to the lake, whereupon the doomed Odette throws herself into the water. Battling with the tempest thrown up by Rothbart, Siegfried finds himself alone on the empty banks of the lake of his dreams.


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And still to come this fall….


November 25 & 27

Nederlands Dans Theater’s An Evening with Kylian / Inger / Walerski


December 2 & 4

The Bolshoi Ballet’s The Pharaoh’s Daughter


December 23

The Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker