CCN • Ballet de l'Opéra national du Rhin
Since the Marius Petipa / Lev Ivanov interpretation of 1894, "Swan Lake" (Le Lac des cygnes) represents the magic of classic dance like few other ballets. Tchaikovsky didn't live long enough to experience the impact of his great composition on the Russian and international audience. His friends even warned him against accepting the job to write the score to this ballet, as it seemed unimportant compared to his symphonic ambitions. The black and the white swan, Odette and Odile, Siegfried and Rothbart – legendary characters who have been interpreted in various ways by choreographers for more than 120 years. Now it's on Tunisian choreographer Radhouane El Meddeb to show his vision of "Swan Lake," performed by the entire Ballet of the OnR. This artist based in two cultures from both sides of the Mediterranean likes to probe his roots, interacting with the Other and finding out what it reveals about himself. With this anticipated premiere, he undertakes to explore new fields of poetry and imagination.