A celebration of ballet at Olavinlinna in August 2017
This summer, the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre will perform Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s iconic ballet Swan Lake at Olavinlinna in Savonlinna on 11 and 12 August. The ballet company will bring 60 dancers and its own symphony orchestra to Savonlinna. The ballet’s leading role will be danced by prima ballerina Irina Kolesnikova.
We would like to invite you to celebrate Finland’s 100th anniversary with a captivating ballet at the historical Olavinlinna, in the heart of the Saimaa region. The St Petersburg Ballet Theatre (SPBT) will bring their production of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet Swan Lake to Olavinlinna in mid-August, the weekend following the renowned Savonlinna Opera Festival.
Founded by Konstantin Tachkin, the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre is one of the leading classical ballet companies in the world.
Swan Lake – an all-time favourite
Swan Lake is one of the world’s best-known and most acclaimed ballets. The original Swan Lake premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on 20 February 1877. Modern-day productions are usually based on the choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov from 1885, and the performance to be staged at Olavinlinna will be no exception. SPTB’s interpretation of this iconic ballet has enchanted audiences the world over.
The story opens with a scene of festivities arranged to mark Prince Siegfried’s birthday. The prince is given a crossbow as a birthday present by his mother, the queen. She also reminds the prince that he must select a bride at the royal ball the following evening. The prince is troubled by the idea. As evening falls, he is left on his own to wonder what the future will hold for him.
In the evening dusk, a flock of swans flies overhead towards a lake, and the prince sets off in pursuit. At the lakeside, the prince is met with magical powers, when a swan transforms into a beautiful maiden. The tale develops into a love story, directed by forces of light and darkness.