Nacho Duato's 'Swan Lake' at the Mikhailovsky Theatre

Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato’s version of “the Russian stage’s foremost ballet” is more fantasy than fairy tale. “We are moving away from the romance of medieval castles and court rituals,” says the choreographer. “I want to create a more contemporary story, a profoundly emotional and human one. These emotions stem from the music of Tchaikovsky, but the setting will be the twentieth century. The artist Angelina Atlagic has devised fantastically beautiful costumes and an extremely elegant stage design.” Nacho Duato uses fragments of the classic choreography by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa in his production, but the final act will be something completely new. “The final scene may surprise audiences,” the choreographer hints. “I don’t want to give it away — better for everyone to interpret it in their own way. But if I’m asked whether there’s a happy ending, I’ll say this: the way I see it, there is.”


  • Alevtina Ioffe (Conductor)
  • Nacho Duato (Stage Direction)
  • Mikhailovsky Ballet (Ballet Company)
  • Nacho Duato (Choreography)


Swan Lake
Ballet in three acts
Music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Libretto after Vladimir Begichev and Vasily Geltzer
The production features choreography by Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, Alexander Gorsky, and Asaf Messerer

Recording: March 1 2022 - Mikhailovsky Theatre | Saint Petersburg
Duration: 03:00

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