Schwanensee Martin Schläpfer
03. October 2019 - 28. June 2020
- RevivalsThu 03.10.18.30 - 21.30 h
- Sat 05.10.19.30 - 22.30 h
- Thu 10.10.19.30 - 22.30 h
- Wed 18.104.22.168 - 22.30 h
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- Thu 126.96.36.199 - 22.30 h
- RevivalsFri 06.12.19.30 - 22.30 h
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- Sat 184.108.40.206 - 22.30 h
Schwanensee Martin Schläpfer
Prince Siegfried has been told to marry but he is young and yearns for life. In the middle of the night by a mysterious lake he is enchanted by a girl. Odette is under an evil spell and can only take on human form for a few hours at a time, after dark…
Almost 20 years after Peter I. Tchaikovsky’s ‘Swan Lake’ was first performed in 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov created their legendary St. Petersburg production. Now for the Ballett am Rhein Martin Schläpfer has condensed the famous dance fairy tale into an intense chamber piece in which the human world is visited by a dark romanticism with all its secrets, dreams and longings but also its obsessions, darkness and cruelty.
Manuel Brug’s verdict on this new production in Die Welt was: “A masterpiece of choreography and music theatre. One that strikes straight at the heart of this often chosen story.” The dpa saw a “highly emotional story of love betrayed” in “breathtaking dance characters” and others added: “a wonderful evening of ballet” (Der Tagesspiegel), “a clever and meaningful work” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung), “a revelation” (Süddeutsche Zeitung).
Bühne & Kostüme
Prince Siegfried is celebrating his birthday with his friends – including Benno – and people from the vicinity. The party mood is interrupted by his mother, the Queen, accompanied by the Master of Ceremonies. She informs Siegfried that the next day the ceremony will take place where he has to choose a wife to continue the family dynasty. Siegfried is in despair. He loves his independence and freedom.
Lost in thought, Siegfried runs into the forest. When a group of swans passes him, he feels magically attracted to them. Although it is almost midnight, he follows them and watches as they suddenly transform into women beside a lake. One of them is Odette. She is protected by her grandfather but at the same time at the mercy of her stepmother, an evil witch who holds Odette and her friends prisoner with the aid of Rotbart and her entourage. It is only by day that they can enjoy a little freedom while they are transformed into swans. Odette can only be redeemed by love. Siegfried falls in love with Odette and swears to be faithful to her forever. Her stepmother and Rotbart cast a destructive spell.
The engagement party is in full swing. Three princesses present themselves to Siegfried – but all he can think of is Odette. His friends and the courtiers try everything they can to maintain a cheerful atmosphere in front of the Queen. Suddenly an unexpected guest arrives in the company of an unknown woman. Siegfried takes no notice of the warnings of his own inner voices: convinced that this unknown woman is Odette, he chooses her as his bride. At that moment Odette appears – enchanted by her stepmother. Together with Rotbart she has created Odile – a chimera with the sole purpose of destroying love. Siegfried is distraught. The Queen collapses. She has now lost not only her son but everything she has been living for.
All life has died in the stepmother’s world. In great panic Odette flees back to join her friends. Siegfried has followed her. Once again her grandfather attempts to protect her: but in vain. Her love has been betrayed. Odette dies. Siegfried follows her. Swans glide in circles across the lake.
Kritik in der Rheinischen Post www.rp-online.de
Kritik in der WELT www.welt.de
Bericht bei SWR 2 www.swr.de
Kritik im Tagesspiegelwww.tagesspiegel.de
Kritik in den Ruhrnachrichten / dpa-Meldung www.ruhrnachrichten.de
Kritik in der Westfalenpost www.wp.de
Kritik in der Neuen Zürcher Zeitung www.nzz.ch
Kritik im Online Musik Magazin www.omm.de
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