Reproduce the Magnificent Classic
Among the many great masterpieces of classical ballet, Swan Lake is a perfect combination of music and dance. We are truly honored to have the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra and Taiwan Soloist Symphony Orchestra to perform with us. The dancers will lead the audience into the poetic beauty of Swan Lake with Tchaikovsky’s emotional melodies.
Reproduce the Magnificent Classic of ballet
In dance history, the great composer create a truly unique and unforgettable experience for ballet with the music, "Swan Lake" is the most classic example.
Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was composed in 1875–1876. The scenario, initially in four acts, was fashioned from Russian folk tales and tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse. The choreographer of the original production was Julius Reisinger. The ballet was premiered by the Bolshoi Ballet on 4 March [O.S. 20 February] 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre inMoscow. Although it is presented in many different versions, most ballet companies base their stagings both choreographically and musically on the 1895 revival of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, first staged for the Imperial Ballet on 15 January 1895, at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. For this revival, Tchaikovsky's score was revised by the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatre's chief conductor and composer Riccardo Drigo.
From around the time of the turn of the 19th century until the beginning of the 1890s, scores for ballets were almost always written by composers known as "specialists": composers who were highly skilled at scoring the light, decorative, melodious, and rhythmically clear music that was at that time in vogue for ballet. Tchaikovsky studied the music of these "specialists", such as the Italian Cesare Pugni and the Austrian Ludwig Minkus, before setting to work on Swan Lake. Tchaikovsky had a rather negative opinion of the "specialist" ballet music until he studied it in detail, being impressed by the nearly limitless variety of infectious melodies their scores contained. Tchaikovsky most admired Adam's 1844 score for Giselle, which featured the use of the technique known as Leitmotif: associating certain themes with certain characters or moods, a technique he would use in Swan Lake, and later, The Sleeping Beauty.
Tchaikovsky made the ballet music like a symphonic poem and drama. He made the music independent, to become the soul of dance. The ckhoreographer will coordinate with the rhythms, beats, colors, melodies, and dance performances blend and musical personality, character dance, let the audience enjoy the heavenly voice, but also enjoying the sublime beauty of the art of dance, including the love and beauty.
Chamber Ballet Taipei Dance Company presented to the audiences the new “Swan Lake”. But concentrate the whole story a more streamlined brief appearance, making it more compact and assume a new aspect to show different poetic mood. It will be an important milestone to point that Taiwan will develop the professional ballet performing arts.
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