‘Swan Lake’ is an iconic opera that has been performed numerous times by many world-renowned ballet companies. Created by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1875 for the Moscow Ballet, this debut work of the master composer has become one of the most treasured ballet works of all time. Its combination of haunting music and tragic story have moved audiences the world over.
Most of these spectators do not know that the melancholy that pervades ‘Swan Lake’ was actually a reflection of the mental state of Tchaikovsky himself. Plagued by depression and personal distress, Tchaikovsky led a turbulent life that ended up being the catalyst for this masterpiece.
The first performance of ‘Swan Lake’ took place in 1877 and the ballet was not an immediate success. It was only in 1894, with choreography from Lev Ivanov that the ballet begins to gain the recognition that will propel it to masterpiece status. Sadly, this occurs after the death of Tchaikovsky, who never got to see his creation achieve worldwide fame.
From September 25 to September 29, 2013, the Théâtre du Châtelet will welcome the National Ballet of China as it reveals an interpretation of ‘Swan Lake’ that is sure to please any fan of ballet. Guests staying at the Hôtel Louvre Marsollier can easily visit this theater, which is just a short stroll away from their hotel.
In addition to the ballet performances, the National Ballet of China will also participate in a conference on September 19, allowing curious spectators to learn even more about the art form of ballet. The conference is free to attend, and those who wish to reserve tickets for the ballet can do so by visiting the website of the Théâtre du Châtelet.