Swan Lake - Romantic Ballet Essay

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‘Swan Lake' was re-choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov in1895, after initially being choreographed by Julius Reisinger in 1877. The musical score was composed by Pytor Tchaikovsky. ‘Swan Lake' was created towards the end of the romantic period, so the culture and style of romanticism was prominent, with glimpses of the beginning of the classical era. Because of this, it contains elements of both eras. Some of the romantic characteristics include the pursuit of the unattainable, romance, fantasy, focus on the female role, gas lighting and simple sets, pointe work, soft and feminine technique for females and the bell tutu. Some of the classical features include the length of the ballet, the classical tutu and more
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Seigfried is not interested in any of the women presented to him. He sees a flock of swans fly past, and he decides to go hunting with his friends to cheer him up. In act II, he sees one of the swans closely and realises she is not a swan but the beautiful princess Odette, and as they dance she tell prince Siegfried of the spell she and the others are under , and how they take the form of a swan by day, and themselves after midnight until dawn. She tells him that the only way the spell can be broken is if she was to fall in love. The prince takes pity on her, and as a result falls in love with her. Siegfried begs Odette to go to a ball the following evening. She explains that she can only attend after midnight. Von Rothbart hears everything, as he has taken the form of an owl, who had been eavesdropping the whole time. Act III is set at the ball, where Siegfried is introduced to six princesses, none of which he is interested in. Then Rothbart enters in disguise, with his daughter Odile, who is under a spell to look like Odette. Siegfried is fooled by the disguise, and together they joyfully watch a number of national dances before claiming Odile, under the misconception that she is Odette as his chosen bride. Von Rothbart makes prince Siegfried swear that he will never leave Odile, and Siegfried happily swears that oath. Act IV is set at the lake side, where Odette and the other swans are distraught over Siegfried's unfaithfulness. The

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