AVAILABLE UNTIL: MAY 29
RUNNING TIME: 46 MINS
BALLET | IN PREPARATION FOR NUREYEV'S SWAN LAKE + EKMAN'S SHIFT | CACTI
The Royal Swedish Ballet rehearse one of the world's most famous classical ballets – Swan Lake. For the first time ever, the Royal Swedish Opera gives an adaption of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece, re-envisioned by dance icon and legend Rudolf Nureyev. Swan Lake is considered one of the most technically and physically challenging classical ballets for any ballet company to take on. Dancers are required to maintain high levels of performance consistently throughout the entire piece, and the efforts are towering for the protagonists and the whole ballet company involved. In preparation for Nureyev's Swan Lake provides an insight into the rehearsal process with act 2, which is an iconic part of the performance.
Nureyev first created his version of Swan Lake for the Wiener Staatsopern ballet company in 1964. Twenty years later, he developed the piece further for l'Opéra de Paris, which became his final version. Nureyev sheds light on the psychological aspect of dramatic history, which according to him, is a long daydream of the ballet's male leading role – Prince Siegfried.
In contrast to previous versions of Swan Lake, Nureyev highlights the prince in a significant role where he is allowed to express his feelings and melancholy.
The dancer and choreographer Charles Jude, who previously has been a star dancer ("Étoile") at l'Opéra de Paris, stages Swan Lake at The Royal Swedish Opera with a planned premiere in 2021.