20 February

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Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake premièred today

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Ballet Russe

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Tonight in 1877 Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. The story was fashioned from Russian folk stories and tells the tale of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse.

The ballet many of us see nowadays, however, is based both choreographically and musically on the 1895 revival, although there have been many modern interpretations since, most notably Matthew Bourne's which sees men take the traditional female roles.

In thanks for this beautiful ballet we're toasting Tchaikovsky with a Ballet Russe.

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