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Dive into Swan Lake

They called the music ‘undanceable’ and deemed the ballet a failure. Yet 123 years later, it is the single most memorable ballet in Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s repertoire.

art and culture Updated: Sep 17, 2010 23:27 IST
Ruchira Hoon
Ruchira Hoon
Hindustan Times
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They called the music ‘undanceable’ and deemed the ballet a failure. Yet 123 years later, it is the single most memorable ballet in Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s repertoire. Written and composed in the late 19th Century, the Swan Lake has now become a ‘must-see’ ballet for all those who want a quick dose of culture.

Which is exactly what Delhiites will get this Tuesday — a chance to soak in some culture with a contemporary interpretation of this age-old ballet. Performed by the Israeli group Idan Cohen and Company, this ballet isn’t so much about the music and dance but about the story. A story that most of us can identify with. The story of Princess Odette, who is cursed by an evil king and is turned into a swan by day. She can only return to her true form when she finds a man who will love her for what she is.

Only an hour and a quarter long, Cohen’s production does not follow the original synopsis of the ballet but refers to it as a ‘cultural icon’. “Swan Lake conjures the image of romance and beauty which Cohen’s version has tried to capture,” says Sharon Vazanna, one of the dancers in the ballet. “The ballet has been abridged to a third of its size, and while the score is original, the way it has all been brought together has a very modern twist to it.”

Swan lake
Tuesday, September 20, 7.30 pm,
Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. For invitations,
contact the Embassy of Israel
at culture-assist@newdelhi.mfa.gov.il
or call: 30414566