Swan Lake

Royal Opera of Versailles (Palace of Versailles), Paris, France
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Saturday 1 April 2023

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Important Info
Type: Ballet
City: Paris, France
Starts at: 19:00

A performance for 26 dancers created at La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand.

After Snow White and Romeo and Juliet, Angelin Preljocaj returns to narrative ballet and his taste for magnificent stories that make timeless tales. Sublimating Tchaikovsky's musical masterpiece, he captures the myth of the swan princess and places the story into a powerful universe, at the heart of the ecological catastrophes of our time. Power, beauty, love and death are at the heart of this masterpiece by Angelin Preljocaj, which has affected the public so much that the Royal Opera of Versailles is presenting it again: here is a magnificent event for all ages, a choreographic miracle that transcends styles.

A Ballet Preljocaj production
A Chaillot - Théâtre national de la Danse, Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2021 / Maison de la Danse, La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand, Festspielhaus St Pölten (Autriche), Les Théâtres - Grand Théâtre de Provence, Théâtres de Compiègne
Creative residency Grand Théâtre de Provence coproduction

This production of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake is made possible thanks to the exceptional support of Madame Aline Foriel-Destezet.

Premiere of this production: 04 March 1877, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow

Swan Lake is a ballet composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1875–76. Despite its initial failure, it is now one of the most popular of all ballets. Swan Lake is the ballet which embodies the soul of Russian art. The combination of brilliant music and choreography creates a special kind of magic; what the great 20th century choreographer George Balanchine had in mind when he famously said, “One should call every ballet Swan Lake because then people would come.”

Venue Info

Royal Opera of Versailles (Palace of Versailles) - Paris
Location   3 Place Léon Gambetta, Versailles

The Royal Opera of Versailles is the main theatre and opera house of the Palace of Versailles. The Royal Opera is one of the greatest works by the architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel. Inaugurated in 1770 during the reign of Louis XV, it was at the time the largest concert hall in Europe, and was also a great technical achievement and an impressive feat of decorative refinement. A theatre for monarchic and then republican life, it has hosted celebrations, shows and parliamentary debates.

Designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel, it is also known as the Théâtre Gabriel. The interior decoration by Augustin Pajou is constructed almost entirely of wood, painted to resemble marble in a technique known as faux marble. The excellent acoustics of the opera house is at least partly due to its wooden interior.

The house is located at the northern extremity of the north wing of the palace. General public access to the theater is gained through the two-story vestibule. Some parts of the Opéra, such as the King's Loge and the King's Boudoir represent some of the earliest expressions of what would become known as the Louis XVI style.

Lully’s Persée — written in 1682, the year Louis XIV moved into the palace — inaugurated the Opéra on 16 May 1770 in celebration of the marriage of the dauphin — the future Louis XVI — to Marie Antoinette.

The Opéra Royal can serve either as a theater for opera, stage plays, or orchestral events, when it can accommodate an audience of 712 or as a ballroom when the floor of the orchestra level of the auditorium can be raised to the level of the stage. On these occasions, the Opéra can accommodate 1,200.

Important Info
Type: Ballet
City: Paris, France
Starts at: 19:00