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TU 20.03.2018, 7.30 PM

Swan Lake

Choreography by Patrice Bart
Music by Peter I. Tschaikovsky

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Ab 6 Jahren

The performances of "Swan Lake" on 19, 21 and 25 January 2018 will take place. The ballet will be performed on a bare stage without stage décor and using limited lighting.



With a spellbound swan princess and a prince at odds with himself, “Swan Lake” is classical ballet at its best. While this beloved fairy tale has been trans formed into mesmerizing dance scenes many times, Patrice Bart’s production is based on the traditional choreography of the swan formations, and gives the characters a new psychological depth. In this way, the myth of “Swan Lake” receives a careful reinterpretation.

ACT ONE

Prince Siegfried grows up under the safe guidance of his mother, the young, widowed Queen.On the palace terrace, Prince Siegfried´s 21st anniversary is being celebrated. Now he is of age, he wants to break free of his mother's authority. The prince's best friend, Benno von Sommerstein, whose feelings for the prince go beyond the customary confidence of close friends, is also excitedly looking forward to this time.

In the middle of the festivities, Siegfried's mother appears, accompanied by her prime minister, von Rotbart. She presents Siegfried with a rifle and a medal to celebrate his coming of age.After the Queen has closed the celebrations, Benno von Sommerstein, full of enthusiasm, announces a hunt. In a melancholy mood, Prince Siegfried remains on the terrace. The celebration has shown him once again that he is not in charge of his own life. Benno von Sommerstein brings the prince his gun, which he appears to have forgotten.

However, Prince Siegfried wants to be alone and tells Benno to go hunting without him. Benno departs but the prince is not unobserved.Siegfried meets the swan princess, Odette, who tells him of the evil spell which keeps her imprisoned in the shape of a swan. To the prince, she is the embodiment of another world, paradise itself. He feels that she is the only person who can release him from his close relationship to his mother. He swears to love Odette forever and this will set her free of the spell. At last he can assume responsibility himself.Benno von Sommerstein witnesses this meeting.

ACT TWO

In his jealousy, Benno informs the queen of the events at the lakeside. Deeply disturbed, and feeling she will lose her son, the queen thinks up a quick and effective scheme to separate Siegfried from Odette. She confides her plan to the prime minister; she devises an intrigue and sends out invitations to a ball. In addition to the princesses from neighbouring countries who are possible brides for her son, Odile, the prime minister's daughter, is also on the guest list.In the empty ballroom, just before the ball is about to begin, the queen is contemplating a portrait of her son and considering what she is about to inflict on him.

In the ballroom, court ceremony runs its course and the queen opens the ball with the prime minister in a dance which is intended to arouse the prince's jealousy. After the dance the princesses are presented to the prince. In spite of all all their attempts to charm him he remains unimpressed until Odile is presented. The prince thinks he recognizes the swan princess, Odette, in her. The queen and von Rotbart force him to swear eternal love to this illusion. Then the image of the white swan appears and the prince recognizes his tragic error in promising to love the black swan. Deeply humiliated, Siegfried follows his true love, Odette, to the lake.

By the Lake, the swans are awaiting the return of their companion, Odette. She tells them what has happened. The evil spell was not broken. Prince Siegfried arrives at the lake and beg's Odette's forgiveness. Prime Minister von Rotbart also arrives at the lake. Siegfried realizes that it is the prime minister who is keeping Odette under an evil spell. It is he who, under the pretence of assisting the queen, is really only serving his own purpose. There is a struggle and Siegfried kills the prime minister.Now that he has become a murderer and lost his love, the prince realizes the hopelessness of his situation and how his life is determined by outside forces. It seems to him that the only possible solution is to seek death in the lake. The queen remains alone.

Learn more: There is a free introduction in German for the audience at the performance venue 45 minutes before each performance, except opening nights, guest performances, and special events. It is prepared and moderated by students of the Free University Berlin as part of the Ballet University program.

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