Moscow Ballet - Swan Lake

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The most popular of all Classical Ballets.

Music: Piotr Ilyich Tchiakovsky

Librettto: Vladimir Begichev & Vasily Geltser

Choreography: Marius Petipa & Lev Ivanov

Originally presented, with choreography by Julius Reisinger, at the Bolshoi Theatre,Moscow 4 March 1877 but superceded by a new choreographic version by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov at the Maryinsky Theatre,St. Petersburg 8 February 1895 and subsequently established as one of the masterpieces of ballet.

The famous Act II of Swan Lake, choreographed by Ivanov as part of a memorial tribute to Tchaikovsky who had died the year before, is performed by almost every ballet company in the world.

The famous Moscow Ballet of Classical Choreography - "La Classique" was founded in 1990, utilising ballet dancers from the leading theatres of the CIS Countries and the Bolshoi,Kirovand Ballet Theatres ofKievandOdessa.

Moscow Ballet - La Classique has thrilled ballet lovers during hugely successful tours of Egypt, Morocco, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Norway, Israel, Thailand, Taiwan, Portugal, Madeira, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand as well as the UK and this world famous company have gained vast international acclaim.

Some of the male dancers in this talented Company have themselves achieved star status in their own country and the incredibly athletic Dmitri Smirnov is one such principal dancer who is featured in this most entertaining production of Swan Lake. The National Dances featured here are both colourful exuberant and accurate to the finest detail and all performances are a credit to them and to the Moscow Ballet – La Classique trainer Evguena Novikova, herself a former pricipal dancer with the company ensuring that their first class professionalism continues accross the years , as is the Russian way ......for the legend of Moscow Ballet lives on forever

World-renowned soloists Nadezda Ivanova, Andrey Shalin,Dmitry Smirnov lead the Moscow Ballet Company under the direction of Elik Melikov. As the company of Moscow Ballet – La Classique once more dance themselves into the dreams that legends are made of and yet another world class production of SWANLAKE.


Prince Siegfried is celebrating his coming of age in the garden of his ancestral palace. His mother observes that it's time to consider marriage and that tomorrow at the formal celebration of his 21st birthday, the court ball, he should select his future wife from the lovely ladies in attendance.

But, tomorrow is another day and for now Siegfried prefers to go hunting. Alone, by a lake, he sees Odette, Queen of the Swans, who appears to be both swan and woman! She explains that an evil sorcerer, Von Rothbart, has cast a spell on her and she must remain a swan, except between midnight and dawn, unless she is saved by true love.

Siegfried, in love at first sight, swears his undying love, promises to marry her and never to love another, but the wicked magician who disguises his own daughter, Odile, as the Swan-maiden, tricks him. Siegfried asks for her hand in marriage and swears an oath of fidelity to Odile.

Suddenly Von Rothbart and Odile stand before him in a triumph of self-revelation as the pathetic figure of Odette, sobbing helplessly is seen at a distance. Siegfried collapses in an agony of guilt and despair.

Heartbroken, he returns to the lakeside to beg Odette's forgiveness and declares his infinite love for her. Against all odds, the power of true love eventually overcomes the evil spell. The swan-maidens are restored to human form and Odette and Siegfried are reunited in eternal happiness.

Eat Before The Show

A Traditional Pre-Theatre menu will be available before this performance. See menu below. Please call  01424 229 119 to reserve a table.

2 courses £21.50
3 courses £24.50

To start
Cream of leek &mushrooms with purple potato crisps V
Pan fried local scallop and chorizo filo tart
Rillette of pork with plum chutney and toasted sourdough bread

For mains
Honey & orange roasted breast of duck with sauteed spinach, fondant potato and beetroot remoulade
Home smoked fillet of haddock served with leek & mushrooms in a white wine cream sauce topped with pan fried quail egg
Spinach and pumpkin risotto roullade with rocket salad and truffle oil, lemon & parmesan dressing V

To finish
Dark chocolate tart with white chocolate sauce and raspberry ice cream
Peach and almond tart with vanilla ice cream
Sussex cheese selection

Sun 27 Oct 2013
Tickets: £15.50 - £22.50

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