The legendary classical ballet
Swan Lake with Tchaikovsky’s immortal music is considered the greatest ballet of them all. The Norwegian National Ballet’s version, created for the Company by Anna-Marie Holmes, is based on Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s ballet, which was first danced in St. Petersburg in 1895.
A dramatic struggle between good and evil
Metamorphosis and sorcery, fidelity and betrayal, black against white. Swan Lake contains elements that have wrapped it in myth and inspired artists for over a century. The core of the story is the love between the swan queen Odette and prince Siegfried, which the wizard Rothbart does everything in his power to destroy.
The very first note of Tchaikovsky’s lyrical masterpiece warns of the drama to come. Audience members hold their breath, afraid to miss a flutter of wings or a single pirouette.
The swan queen and the wizard's daughter
Swan Lake is a favourite with the audience and a major challenge for the dancers. The dual role as the kind swan queen Odette and the evil wizard’s daughter Odile is regarded as the most demanding role a ballet dancer can undertake. The ballerina must be able to master two diametrically opposed characters, seamlessly alternating between the white and the black swan: the pure and the demonic.
Watch the dancers of the Norwegian National Ballet take to the stage once more to demonstrate why Swan Lake remains the greatest ballet of all time.
Free introduction one hour before the performance
- Choreographpy Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, Konstantin Sergejev, Anna-Marie Holmes
- Music Peter Tsjajkovskij
- Set design and costumes Paul Andrews
- Lighting design John B. Read
- Conductor Andrea Quinn
- Artists Nasjonalballetten, Operaorkestret
Select date for Swan lake
- Scene:Main House
- Price:100 - 795 NOK
- /2 intermissions