Ballet Idaho’s Swan Lake

April 9, 2013

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Ballet Idaho’s Swan Lake

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With the Boise Philharmonic conducted by Robert Franz

Boise premiere of Peter Anastos’ full-length Swan Lake. Swan Lake is considered to be one of the greatest classical ballets of all time. It romance and beauty has allowed the classic ballet to mesmerize audiences for more than 100 years. It is a story of conflict and loss, love and triumph between the starring roles of Odette (Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti), Odile (Adrienne Kerr Fri 8 pm, Sat 8 pm Lauren Menger Sat 2 pm Prince Siegfried (Andrew Taft) and evil Wizard Von Rathbart (James Brougham).

Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography by Peter Anastos, after Petipa and Ivanov

Scenery and Costumes designed by David Walker

Scenery and Costumes courtesy of Texas Ballet Theater

Lighting by John Torres, Resident Designer

Performances at the Morrison Center

Friday, April 12 at 8:00 pm

Saturday, April 13 at 2:00 pm

Saturday, April 13 at 8:00 pm


Siegfried is young Prince, full of bright spirit and enthusiasm and he is celebrating his 21st birthday with his friends. Their celebrations are interrupted by the arrival of his of mother, the Queen. After presenting him with a new crossbow, she tells him that it is time for him to settle down and marry. Siegfried , however, has no intention to marry because he is not in love and is enjoying his carefree lift with his friends, but his mother makes it clear that he is expected to choose a bride at an upcoming Royal Ball. Siegfried is saddened by this prospect. Suddenly, a flock of swans flies over the castle and his friends urge Siegfried to join them in a hunting expedition. Armed with his new crossbow, Siegfried heads into the forest.


Deep in the forest, Siegfried and his friends arrive at a lake, but he is still feeling melancholy and asks to be left alone. Suddenly, he spots a beautiful swan wearing a crown swimming towards the lakeside and prepares to shoot, but before he can, the swan transforms itself into a most beautiful young girl. She is Odette, the Queen of the Swans. Odette is an enchanted princess under a spell of the evil sorcerer, Von Rothbart; she has been transformed into a swan by day and can only regain her human form at night. She has many companions under the same spell who have made her their queen, hence her title “The Swan Queen”. She is forced to live by a lake that was magically formed by her grieving mother’s tears when Von Rothbart kidnapped her. The only way for the spell to be broken is by the power of eternal love between Odette and a young man who will remain faithful to her, for if the vow of eternal love is broken, she will remain a swan forever.

Struck by her beauty and her tragic story, Siegfried falls in love with her. When Von Rothbart appears, Siegfried tries to kill him, but Odette intercedes for Von Rothbart’s death will only make the spell permanent. They spend the night dancing together, falling more and more in love and Siegfried vows to love Odette for eternity, promising to save her from her evil enchantment. But Von Rothbart reappears and Odette is forced to return to the lake as a swan, leaving Siegfried alone in despair.


On the night of the Royal Ball, The Queen has assembled for her son a selection of possible brides from foreign courts who dance with Siegfried in turn. He rejects all of them as his thoughts are with Odette alone. To further entice him, each of the potential brides perform one of their national dances. There is a Spanish Dance, Italian Dance, Russian Dance and Hungarian Dance. Suddenly, two more guests arrive and Siegfried is joyful to see that Odette has come to the Ball, only she is dressed in black. But the mystery guests are actually Von Rothbart and his daughter, Odile, disguised in the form of Odette to trick Siegfried into breaking his vow. Siegfried dances with Odile and she so completely beguiles him that he fails to see the real Odette at the window in her swan form trying to warn him of Von Rothbart’s plot and pleading with him to remain faithful to her. Siegfried falls for Von Rothbart’s deception and pledges eternal love to Odile, thinking she is Odette. Triumphant, Von Rothbart reveals himself and Odile in their true forms and declares that Odette is now forever in his power. Horrified to discover that he has been tricked into breaking his promise, Siegfried flees the Ball in search of Odette.


At the lakeside, the Swans dance. Odette suffers in the knowledge that she has been betrayed. Siegfried returns to the lake and finds her, making a passionate plea for forgiveness. Von Rothbart appears and tries to pull the lovers apart. They realize that the spell cannot be broken because of Siegfried’s corrupted pledge to Odile. To fulfill the pledge made by Siegfried to Odette, they know they cannot remain together in life. Odette and Siegfried leap into the lake and drown. This breaks Von Rothbart’s spell, causing him to lose his power over them and he dies. Siegfried and Odette are then seen in a magical boat, beginning their journey together toward paradise.


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