Ballet The National Theatre

Swan Lake

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Choreography: Kenneth Greve
Costumes: Karin Betz
Conductor: Václav Zahradník
Stage director: Kenneth Greve
Sets: Karin Betz
Assistant choreographer: Ingrid Němečková, Michaela Černá, Nelly Danko, Marie Hybešová, Igor Žukov
Lights: Pavel Kremlík
Video: Jouka Valkama
Musical adaptation: Julien Thuber

Swan Lake ranks among the most famous classical ballet titles and forms part of the repertoire of all major theatres worldwide. The German fairy tale about Princess Odette, transfigured into a swan, the evil sorcerer Red Beard and the hapless Prince who forgets about his promise has gained immortality owing to P. I. Tchaikovsky’s music, as well as the preserved original choreography by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa. The National Theatre will premiere a new version of this splendid work in the choreography of the world-famous Danish dancer and choreographer Kenneth Greve, who will tailor-make this ballet for our corps de ballet. Our endeavour is to delve down to the story’s roots, to reveal the real depth and symbolism of the work and, while respecting the legacy, to create a theatre and directorial form in keeping with the development of classical dance and theatre within our times.

Orchestra of the National Theatre

Production photographers: Pavel Hejný, Roman Sejkot, Hana Smejkalová, Diana Zehetner

Duration of the performance 2 hours and 30 minutes, 1 intermission

Premiere 12 February 2009 at the National Theatre


This production is not performed at the present time.

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