Mikhailovsky Ballet – Swan Lake at The London Coliseum

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Swan Lake at The London Coliseum which is music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, choreography by Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, Alexander Gorsky, Asaf Messerer, revised by Mikhail Messerer, set and costume design by Simon Virsaladze and principal designer of the revival is Vyacheslav Okunev.

Swan Lake is the jewel in the repertoire of St. Petersburg’s Mikhailovsky Theatre and the highlight of its London season in 2010. This is a revival of the historical Moscow staging in 1956 – an exquisite production with choreography by Alexander Gorsky and Asaf Messerer. The triumphal restaging of this Swan Lake at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in September 2009 was devised by Mikhail Messerer, the company’s ballet master in chief. The epoch of Alexander Gorsky saw the next phase in the evolution of dance following the ballet classicism of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. The staging boasts the superb sets and costumes by renowned Russian theatre designer of Georgian origin, Simon Virsaladze. The legend of a young prince finding his true love, a swan princess bewitched by an evil genius, offers all the dancers of the company a great opportunity to show their talents.

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake at Sadlers Wells Theatre

Swan Lake is one of the most loved of all classical ballets and one of the most popular in the Royal Ballet repertory. It has that magical combination of Tchaikovsky’s music, a compelling story of tragic romance and choreography that allows the very best dancers to show just how impressive they can be.

It returns for a second time this Season in Anthony Dowell’s romantic production whose designs were inspired by Imperial Russia of 1895, when the ballet was first performed. Against this atmospheric setting, Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s choreography provides an opportunity to see great dance partnerships in the leading roles and the whole Company in the dance ensembles. Illuminated by moonlight, the charged solos for the Prince and Odette and her alter-ego Odile, the machinations of Von Rothbart and the colour of a palace ball all combine with glorious music to make for an evening of inspiration and romance.

“One of Britain’s most spectacular artistic triumphs” THE EVENING STANDARD

Book Tickets for Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake at Sadlers Wells