From the Bolshoi Theatre 1989
Ballet in Two Acts, Four Scenes
Alla Mikhalchenko, Yuri Vasyuchenko, Aleksandr Vetrov
Revised Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich
Based on choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
The Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Algis Zhuraitis
Design by Simon Virsaladze
Directed for Video by Motoko Sakaguchi
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Picture Format: 4:3
Region Code: 0
Menu Languages: D, F, GB, SP
Running Time: 127 mins
DVD 9/ NTSC
Cat no.: 100 713
"Yuri Grigorovich bestrode Soviet ballet like a colossus for 40 years,
as chief choreographer of the Kirov and then, mightily, the Bolshoi Ballet.
This gives him a titanic place in ballet history, almost the equal of Marius
Petipa under the tsars of 19th-century St Petersburg." The Daily
Swan Lake is the very essence of classical ballet and has a rather venerable
history of its own. First choreographed in 1877 by the great Marius Petipa for
the Bolshoi, this original choreography has since been tweaked by almost every
choreographer to get hold of it down through the years.
Yuri Grigorovich keeps the general outline of the story of a prince who falls
in love with the mythic half-woman, half-swan Odette (only to betray her when
she appears to him in disguise as Odile). Grigorovich however added a controversial
twist with his inclusion of a psychological dimension to the proceedings: the
evil sorcerer cast as the dark twin of the hero-prince.
The pearl of this production is undoubtedly Alla Mikhalchenko as Odette-Odile.
Her impressive technique and brilliant acting gives the character a new expressive