06 March - 29 April

SWAN LAKE

Ballet by P.I.Tchaikovsky

Main hall 1 "Vrabcha" Str, 1000 Sofia
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SWAN LAKE

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Production team
Choreography 
Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Libretto by Vladimir Begichev and Vasily Geltser
Stage direction
Oleg Danovski
Set and Costume Designer
Ivan Savov
Artistic Director of the Ballet
Sara-Nora Krysteva
Repetiteurs
Maria Ilieva, Yasen Valchanov, Ivanka Kasabova
Assistant and stage Director
Riolina Topalova

Synopsis

Act I

In the castle everybody is celebrating the adulthood of Prince Siegfried. The amusing dances of the Jester alternate with the gracious dances of the young ladies and their partners. There comes the Sovereign Princess who gives her son an arbalest as a present. She tells him that he should choose a wife at tomorrow's ball. Night is drawing on. The young women and men went home. Siegfried is seeing in his dreams the image of the girl with whom he could fall in love. The Jester takes him out of the deep reflection by showing him the swans flying overhead. Siegfried goes hunting.

Act II

At the shore of the deep lake are raising the dark ruins of an ancient castle. At midnight, when everything around is deep in sleep over the lake are swimming white swans. Siegfried appears attracted by a magnificent swan illuminated by the moonlight. He aims, but suddenly he loosens the bow struck by the unexpected transformation of the swan into princess Odette. The swan maidens surround Siegfried. Odette reveals to him the secret of the omen hanging over her and her girlfriends. An evil sorcerer transformed them into swans and only at night around these ruins they could regain their human form again. Moved by Odette s sad story, Siegfried proposes to kill the sorcerer. She sadly replies that this couldn t spoil the spell. Only the selfless love of a man who never ever vowed his love before could defeat the malediction. The evil sorcerer who lives at the castle s ruins has overheard the conversation between Odette and Siegfried. He is decided not to release Odette from his power. Siegfried is full of love and pity for the beautiful Odette and invites her to tomorrow s ball where he would declare their engagement. She warns Siegfried that the sorcerer through perfidy and craft shall do his best to make him break his vow of fidelity and if this was to happen she and her friends were going to die. It is dawning. The maidens must transform into swans again. Siegfried is sure in the power and the durability of his feelings - he shall save Odette.

Act III

At the ball in the castle Siegfried cannot choose among the maidens his fiancée. He is totally in the power of the memory of the beautiful swan maiden Odette. The sounds of a trumpet are announcing the appearance of the evil sorcerer - Rothbart. He is leading with him his daughter Odile who amazingly resembles Odette. Siegfried decides that she was his fiancée Odette, the swan maiden. The evil sorcerer has ordered Odile to charm Siegfried and to force a declaration of love from him. Fascinated by Odile, the prince doesn't notice the swans flying overhead. He declares to his mother that he has decided to marry Rothbart's daughter. The vow is broken and Odette and her friends are going to die. When the sorcerer points to Odette's image which appeared at the castle's window, Siegfried realizes he was deceived. He is hurrying desperately towards the Swan Lake.

Act IV

Dark night on Swan Lake's shore. Odette tells her friends about Siegfried's infidelity. The prince comes and assures his beloved one that he hasn't forgotten his vow of love and in the castle he has seen his Odette in the face of Odile. The evil sorcerer is furiously evoking the elements against the lovers. But nothing can break their love and separate them. Feeling he would lose his power, Rothbart destroys his castle in order to block the way of the lovers. The sorcerer perishes in a duel with Siegfried. Odette and Siegfried, surrounded by the maidens, are welcoming the first beams of the rising sun.

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06.03.2021 / 19:00 - Cast:

Venera Hristova
Soloist ballet

Venera Hristova

Tsetso Ivanov
Premier

Tsetso Ivanov

Alfred Yago
Ballet Dancer

Alfred Yago

Francesco Congiusti
Ballet Dancer

Francesco Congiusti

10.04.2021 / 19:00 - Cast:

Tsetso Ivanov
Premier

Tsetso Ivanov

John Abenanty
Premier

John Abenanty

18.04.2021 / 16:00 - Cast:

Venera Hristova
Soloist ballet

Venera Hristova

Tsetso Ivanov
Premier

Tsetso Ivanov

Alfred Yago
Ballet Dancer

Alfred Yago

Francesco Congiusti
Ballet Dancer

Francesco Congiusti

29.04.2021 / 19:00 - Cast:

Tsetso Ivanov
Premier

Tsetso Ivanov

John Abenanty
Premier

John Abenanty

Production team:

Marius Petipa
Choreography

Marius Petipa

Lev Ivanov
Choreography

Lev Ivanov

Boris Spasov
Conductor

Boris Spasov

Oleg Danovski
Stage direction

Oleg Danovski

Ivan Savov
Artist

Ivan Savov

Sara-Nora Krysteva
Deputy Director "Ballet Issues"

Sara-Nora Krysteva

Maria Ilieva
Ballet Master-Repetiteur

Maria Ilieva

Yasen Valchanov
Ballet Master-Repetiteur

Yasen Valchanov

Ivanka Kasabova
Repetiteur

Ivanka Kasabova

Riolina Topalova
Assistant director, choreographer and ballet coordinator

Riolina Topalova

Maria Evstatieva
Concertmaster

Maria Evstatieva