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February 9, 2023

Kiev Opera and Ballet Theatre presents “Swan Lake” in Bucharest

Bucharest’s Palace Hall hosts on January 29, from 7.30pm, a performance of “Swan Lake” offered by the Kiev State Opera and Ballet Theatre’s classical ballet ensemble, according to a press release, quoted by Mediafax. The show, starring Natalia Matsak – lead singer – and Denys Nedak – lead dancer of the “Taras Shevchenko” National Opera in Kiev, will be brought on tour to Romania by the Spectacles Art agency in Iasi, January 23 to 29, making stops in Oradea, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, Sibiu and Bucharest. Tickets are available in the Eventim network, on bilete.ro and at the local agencies, at RON 90, 120 and 150.

The Kiev State Theatre’s ballet ensemble was founded in 1980 by the former USSR’s celebrated choreographer Vahtang Vronsky, under the title the Kiev Classical Ballet, and is one of the world’s finest ensembles in the field. Its repertoire includes over 30 shows, such as “Swan Lake”, “The Nutcracker”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Giselle”, “La Bayadere”, “Don Quixote”, “Cinderella” and “Romeo and Juliet”. In 2011, another of its productions collected accolades – “Tchaikovsky Gala”. The ensemble includes over 60 dancers, graduates of prestigious ballet schools in Kiev, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

The “Swan Lake” ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on March 4, 1877, under Semen Riabov’s musical direction, with a choreography signed by Julius Reisinger. Sadly, the public of the age was not used to the “symphonic” style for a ballet score, so it failed to grasp the richness of the music. After the composer’s death, at the request of the Mariinsky Theatre’s management, Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov modified the choreography and the conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre, Riccardo Drigo, made some alterations to the score. The ballet premiered in its adapted form on January 15, 1895, and was a tremendous success.

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