The Vietnam National Opera and Ballet (VNOB) will present Russian classic ballet performance “Swan Lake” on October 7 at Hanoi Opera House to mark its 60th founding anniversary.
Hundreds of artists, including Meritorious Artists Dam Han Giang and Nhu Quynh, Thu Hue, Thu Hang, dancers of the Vietnam Academy of Dance, artists of VNOB, the instrumental ensemble of 60 musicians will join the performance under the baton of conductor Dong Quang Vinh.
They took 6 months of practice to prepare for the concert, said Meritorious Artist Tran Ly Ly, director of the VNOB.
The VNOB’s new production will captivate audiences with Russian traditional style while adding new Vietnamese choreography and baroque style costumes featuring patterns of lotus flowers which were created by Ellie Vu.
The most loved and mesmerizing of classical ballets, “Swan Lake” was Tchaikovsky’s first. It was composed in 1875 and over 100 years later it remains a favorite with ballet companies regularly performing it throughout the world. “Swan Lake” debuted in 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, but it was not well-received at the time.
In 1895, Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov reworked the choreography for their St Petersburg performance and this has remained the most popular version. “Swan Lake” made its American debut with a 1940 performance by the San Francisco Ballet.
"Swan Lake" is a timeless love story that mixes magic, tragedy and romance. It has mesmerized audiences for over a century, is based on a German fairy tale. Tchaikovsky’s score tells the tragic love story of Prince Siegfried and Swan Princess, Odette, who is cursed to be a swan by day but a young woman at night. SGGP