Navrasa Duende and the Royal Russian Ballet bring the world’s most popular ballet—Swan Lake—to Delhi. Head to Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on March 30, 31 and April 1.

The Swan Lake by Navrasa Duende

Among the most popular ballets in the world, the Swan Lake, Op. 20, was composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1875–76. As all genius takes off late, this did not work when it was composed. But now, it’s a famous and coveted ballet.

The two acts were fashioned from Russian and/or German folk tales. It is the story of Odette, a princess who was turned into a swan by a sorcerer’s curse. The ballet was choreographed by Julius Reisinger (Václav Reisinger) and premiered by the Bolshoi Ballet on March 4, 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

Though now many versions are presented across the world, but most ballet companies base their stagings on the 1895 revival of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. This was first staged for the Imperial Ballet on January 15, 1895, at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.

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