Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky 


Libretto by Vladimir Begichev and Vasily Geltser

Choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

A renewed production of the Abay National Opera and Ballet Theatre in the edition - People's Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Gulzhan Tutkibayeva


Ballet in 2 acts

The performance has one intermission.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Age category: 7+




Odette, the swan queen

Odile, Odette's double

Prince Siegfried

Rothbart, the evil genius


Neapolitan bride

Hungarian bride

Polish bride

Russian bride

Pas de trois


Friends of the prince, courtiers, ladies and the entourage of the princess, lackeys, villagers, villagers, servants, swans


Symphony Orchestra and Ballet of the Abay Kazakh National Opera and Ballet Theatre 


Production Team:

Choreographer - Gulzhan Tutkibayeva, People's Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Musical Director - Askar Buribayev, Honored Figure of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Set and Costume Designer - Vyacheslav Okunev, People's Artist of the Russian Federation, laureate of state awards of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan

Lighting Designer - Yulia Karakayeva


the premiere of the updated production took place on November 5, 2016

"Life has only charm when it consists of alternating joys and sorrows,

from the struggle between good and evil, from light and shadow, in a word - from diversity in unity "

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky



   "Swan Lake" - the first ballet by P. I. Tchaikovsky, which premiered in March 1877 at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. The plot of the ballet is based on folklore motives, the creation is based on an old German legend about the beautiful princess Odette, turned into a swan by the curse of the evil sorcerer, the knight Rothbart.


   In Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky carried out a radical reform of the ballet performance, which consisted, first of all, in changing the role of music. For Tchaikovsky, music became the main component defining the entire performance. Instead of scattered dance numbers, the composer created a poetic and holistic work, subordinate to the main idea of ​​the lyrical plot.


   The simple and unassuming tale of the 18th century German writer IK A. Museus "The Pond of Swans" about a swan girl, which was the basis for "Swan Lake", was transformed by him into an exciting lyric poem of faithful love triumphant over evil and treachery. The ballet shows two worlds - the real and the fantastic, between which, however, there is no impassable border.


   The swan queen Odette, bewitched by an evil wizard, languishes in captivity and longs for human warmth and love, but only at night is she allowed to take on her real appearance as a young beauty. Seeing her once, Prince Siegfried falls in love with her, but unwittingly breaks the oath of allegiance. Odette must die, and Siegfried throws himself into the abyss of the raging waters to die with her.


    The first production of 1877, directed by the Moscow choreographer Reisinger, had bad press and virtually failed. The rebirth of ballet took place in 1895 in St. Petersburg. They remembered the score, wishing to honor the memory of the deceased Tchaikovsky. This time the music fell into the talented hands of the outstanding choreographers of the Imperial Theaters, Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Petipa and Ivanov significantly worked on the libretto, giving it logic and harmony and went down in history primarily due to the staging of reference "swan" scenes. And the entire ballet (the first and third acts staged by Petipa, the second and fourth by Ivanov) was shown a year later, in 1895. For the first time in Russian ballet, a male image (and not just a dance) of a hero passing through trials, suffering, challenging fate and fighting for his love was created. The richest tradition of Russian national ballet is laid down in the image of Siegfried. Ivanov, possessing a rare musicality, staged the famous "swan" scenes on the lake - "symphonic" pictures of the battle with fate, in images full of enchanted beauty and elegiac charm. The choreographer gave the stage swans an appearance close to the modern one - without fake wings with glued feathers. Instead, he introduced "hand dances". The duet of Odette and Siegfried, the famous Dance of the Little Swans, appeared in the ballet. The performance, based on the theme of twin swans, the eternal conflict of inexperience with deceit and the test of the soul for fidelity, reveals the psychological depths of the soul never before seen in ballet.



   At the Kazakh National Opera and Ballet Theatre the "Swan Lake" ballet by P. I. Tchaikovsky has been going on for more than a dozen years and is very popular with the public. The ballet was staged in 1938 by one of the founders of the Kazakh ballet school, Alexander Artemyevich Alexandrov. Then there were the editors of Yuri Pavlovich Kovalev and Tatiana Konyus. For many years there was a production by Vladimir Ivanovich Burtsev. Since November 2016, a new page of the performance has been opened under the editorship of the People's Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan Gulzhan Tutkibayeva, the Honored Figure of the Republic of Kazakhstan Askar Buribayev acted as the musical director, the scenography and costumes were created by the People's Artist of Russia, Laureate of the State Prizes of Russia and Kazakhstan Vyacheslav Okunev.