Sunday, July 27, 2008

"Swan Lake" - Chinese Style

“Dance is so joyous”. Graeme Murphy

Some times I see some performances and I become SPEECHLESS! I am not a trained dancer, but I have taken some dance courses including jazz, tap and ballet from Salem State College, Emerson College, Jeanette Neill in Boston, MA and Joe Tremaine’s in North Hollywood, CA.

I want to share this link of “Swan Lake” by the Great Chinese Circus. So much beauty, rhythm, grace, creativity and incredible stamina that it left me SPEECHLESS!

“And dance is wonderful because dance is so immediate”.

Graeme Murphy

What types of performances make you become speechless?


Swan Lake

Swan Lake

Swan Lake (Russian: Лебединое Озеро, Lebedinoye Ozero) is a ballet, first presented in four acts, Opus 20, by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The scenario was worked out by Vladimir Begichev and Vasiliy Geltser, fashioned from Russian folk tales[1] and an ancient German legend, which tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse.

The choreographer of the original production was Julius Reisinger to the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (opus 20), composed 1875-1876. The ballet received its premiere on February 27, 1877 at the Bolshoy Theatre in Moscow as The Lake of the Swans. Although it is presented in many different versions, most ballet companies base their stagings both choreographically and musically on the 1895 revival of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, first staged for the Imperial Ballet on January 15, 1895 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. For this revival, Tchaikovsky's score was revised by the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatre's chief conductor and composer Riccardo Drigo.

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