Choreography: Peter Martins after Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, and George Balanchine
Music: Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky
While retaining the well-known set pieces from the traditional version by Petipa and Ivanov, Mr. Martins has imbued his production of Swan Lake with the speed and clarity that New York City Ballet is known for. The lakeside scenes are based on the choreography of Balanchine's one-act version. For the divertissements of the "Black Swan" scene, Martins has created a sensuous Russian dance intended as an homage to the exoticism of the early 20th-century Russian artist Leon Bakst. Martins has also set a pas de quatre for three ballerinas and a danseur with complex step combinations and intricate partnering unheard of in the 19th century.
For this production Martins invited Denmark's leading artist, Per Kirkeby, to design the scenery and décor.
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