Musik: Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowski
On 15 October 1964, the ballet world looked towards Vienna. Rudolf Nureyev, the foremost dancer of the second half of the 20th century and just 26 years old at the time, had just choreographed Swan Lake – probably the most significant work in the entire ballet repertoire – for the Wiener Staatsopernballett. It was a performance that went down in the history of ballet. Just three years after Nureyev had absconded to the West, the young choreographer from the Soviet Union succeeded in giving a new and convincing interpretation to the Tchaikovsky ballet. His central idea was to elevate the leading male role, putting it on a par with the role of the ballerina. Performed over 200 times at the Opera House on the Ring and in guest performances by the year 2009, Manuel Legris is now bringing Nureyev’s Vienna Swan Lake back to the stage fifty years after it was created. Luisa Spinatelli is responsible for the stage design of
a new production inspired by the fantastic world of the Bavarian King Ludwig II.