Ballet

Swan Lake

Rudolf Nureyev

Opéra Bastille

from 21 June to 14 July 2024

2h55 with 1 interval

Children aged 5 and over are welcome.

Swan Lake

Opéra Bastille - from 21 June to 14 July 2024

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A fairytale ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s scintillating score, Swan Lake was created in 1877 for the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and later restaged by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Almost a hundred years later, Rudolf Nureyev brought his own interpretation of the ballet to the Paris Opera in 1984. The encounter between a dreamy prince and a bird-woman continues to fascinate with its elegant choreography and poetic story. Rudolf Nureyev’s striking psychological insight magnifies the love story between Siegfried and Odette, the white swan bullied by the sorcerer Rothbart and Odile, the black swan. Ezio Frigerio designed the set as an enclosed space, a mental space in which the prince gives free rein to his fantasies.

Duration : 2h55 with 1 interval

  • Opening

  • First part 80 min

  • Intermission 25 min

  • Second part 70 min

  • End

Show acts and characters

CHARACTERS

Siegfried: Young prince in love with Odette, he swears fidelity to her and seeks to save her from her curse. Unfortunately he is deceived by Rothbart and Odile.
Odette: Young princess transformed into a swan by Rothbart, only eternal love can free her.
Odile: Rothbart’s daughter, she takes the appearance of Odette to trick Siegfried.
Rothbart: A huge bird of prey, he transforms young women into swans and prevents Siegfried and Odette’s union.
Wolfgang: The Prince’s tutor, he mysteriously disappears when Rothbart appears.

Act 1:
Prince Siegfried’s birthday celebrations are underway. Wolfgang, the Prince’s tutor, introduces the guests. The Queen, Siegfried’s mother, enters accompanied by knights, and exhorts the guests to rejoice with her, for the Prince is soon to be married and is to choose his betrothed from the girls she herself has invited to the ball. Pas de trois.

Pensively, the Prince dreams of an ideal love. The Tutor tries to bring him down to earth and remind him of the duties that await him. Siegfried, however, seems deaf to reason. His spirit seeks to escape the reality that surrounds him and to take refuge in dreams.

Act 2:
The Prince, absorbed in thought, sees a white swan-woman appear, her head adorned with a crown. Bewitched, Siegfried approaches her. The swan confides to him that she is a princess named Odette, and that she has been turned into a swan along with other young women who, like her, are the victims of a spell cast by the wicked Rothbart. The spell can only be broken if a man will swear eternal love to her. Struck by this confession, Siegfried promises to rescue Odette. Danse des cygnes.

Despite the intervention of an enormous bird of prey (Rothbart) disturbing their sweet encounters, Odette and Siegfried exchange a pledge of love. Odette’s girl-swans shield the two lovers with their bodies against attack from Rothbart. Siegfried invites Odette to the ball which his mother, the Queen, is giving the following day and during which he must choose his bride. He insists that Odette attend the ball because he wishes to ask for her hand in marriage. Odette replies that this will be impossible, since she must remain a swan. Siegfried then declares that he will not marry and swears eternal love to Odette. As dawn breaks the apparitions fade away. The Prince is perturbed.

Act 3:
At the palace, the master of ceremonies starts the celebrations. The Queen accompanies Prince Siegfried, who seems however to care about nothing, as if estranged from the world around him. After the divertissement of folk dances from different countries, the young girls aspiring to marry the Prince are presented to him.

Danse hongroise - Danse espagnole - Danse napolitaine - Mazurka.

However, he rejects them all, until a mysterious creature looking incredibly like Odette enters the palace... As if rapt and subdued by this image, Siegfried only has eyes for this creature in whom he believes he has glimpsed his beloved white swan. But the swan that resembles her so closely is none other than Odile, Rothbart’s daughter, transformed by her father’s magic into Odette’s double. And the Prince, blinded by love, asks for her hand in marriage. Rothbart triumphs. Siegfried is about to perjure himself. Odette can no longer be saved.

Act 4:
Siegfried, now increasingly aware of his error, is in deep despair. The vision of the lake returns. Danse des cygnes.

At the centre among the swans, Odette weeps her lost love. All hope is extinguished, even though Siegfried’s betrayal has been involuntary. Consumed with remorse, the Prince beseeches Odette to forgive him, but too late. Rothbart removes Odette from the Prince for ever. His dream ends.

Artists

Ballet in four acts

After Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov

Creative team

The Étoiles, the Premières Danseuses, the Premiers Danseurs and the Paris Opera Corps de Ballet
The Paris Opera Orchestra

Media

[TRAILER] SWAN LAKE by Rudolf Noureev
[TRAILER] SWAN LAKE by Rudolf Noureev
  • [EXTRAIT] LE LAC DES CYGNES by Rudolf Noureev - Pas de quatre
  • [EXTRAIT] LE LAC DES CYGNES by Rudolf Noureev
  • [EXTRAIT] LE LAC DES CYGNES by Rudolf Noureev (Dorothée Gilbert & Guillaume Diop)
  • Le Lac des cygnes (saison 22/23)- Acte2 (Finale)

  • Le Lac des cygnes (saison 22/23)- Acte4 (Finale)

  • Le Lac des cygnes (saison 22/23)- Acte3 (Finale)

  • Le Lac des cygnes (saison 22/23)- Acte3 (Danse espagnole)

  • Le Lac des cygnes (saison 22/23)- Acte3

  • Le Lac des cygnes (saison 22/23)- Acte3 (Cygne Noir)

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Place de la Bastille

75012 Paris

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Underground Bastille (lignes 1, 5 et 8), Gare de Lyon (RER)

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    Reservation of drinks and light refreshments for the intervals is possible online up to 24 hours prior to your visit, or at the bars before each performance.

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In both our venues, discounted tickets are sold at the box offices from 30 minutes before the show:

  • €25 tickets for under-28s, unemployed people (with documentary proof less than 3 months old) and senior citizens over 65 with non-taxable income (proof of tax exemption for the current year required)
  • €40 tickets for senior citizens over 65

Get samples of the operas and ballets at the Paris Opera gift shops: programmes, books, recordings, and also stationery, jewellery, shirts, homeware and honey from Paris Opera.

Opéra Bastille
  • Open 1h before performances and until performances end
  • Get in from within the theatre’s public areas
  • For more information: +33 1 40 01 17 82

Opéra Bastille

Place de la Bastille

75012 Paris

Public transport

Underground Bastille (lignes 1, 5 et 8), Gare de Lyon (RER)

Bus 29, 69, 76, 86, 87, 91, N01, N02, N11, N16

Calculate my route
Car park

Q-Park Opéra Bastille 34, rue de Lyon 75012 Paris

Book your parking spot
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Imagined as benchmark, richly illustrated booklets, the programmes can be bought online, at the box offices, in our shops, and in the theatres hall on the evening of the performance.

BUY THE PROGRAM
  • Cloakrooms

    Free cloakrooms are at your disposal. The comprehensive list of prohibited items is available here.

  • Bars

    Reservation of drinks and light refreshments for the intervals is possible online up to 24 hours prior to your visit, or at the bars before each performance.

  • Parking

    You can park your car at the Q-Park Opéra Bastille. It is located at 34 rue de Lyon, 75012 Paris. 

    BOOK YOUR PARKING PLACE.

In both our venues, discounted tickets are sold at the box offices from 30 minutes before the show:

  • €25 tickets for under-28s, unemployed people (with documentary proof less than 3 months old) and senior citizens over 65 with non-taxable income (proof of tax exemption for the current year required)
  • €40 tickets for senior citizens over 65

Get samples of the operas and ballets at the Paris Opera gift shops: programmes, books, recordings, and also stationery, jewellery, shirts, homeware and honey from Paris Opera.

Opéra Bastille
  • Open 1h before performances and until performances end
  • Get in from within the theatre’s public areas
  • For more information: +33 1 40 01 17 82

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