Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Libretto: Vladimir Begichev, Vasily Geltzer
This traditional classic has been in the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre repertoire from the early years on. Their performance has charmed audiences around the world.
In Swan Lake, prince Siegfried is celebrating his birthday under joyous circumstances. The prince gets a crossbow for hunting as a present from his mother, the queen, who reminds the prince that he needs to choose himself a bride in his birthday ball the following day. The prince if baffled by the thought and as night falls, he remains alone with his thoughts to ponder what the future may bring.
In the twilight a flock of swans pass over and head for the lake, and he rushes there as well. At the lake, he is greeted by magic forces in the form of swans turned into mystical maidens. This develops into a charming love story guided by the forces of both the light and the dark.
Irina Kolesnikova was accepted into St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre as a soloist in 1997. She became SPBT’s prima ballerina in 2001. Kolesnikova’s major roles encompass a wide repertoire of classical ballets. In addition to classical works, Irina Kolesnikova has enriched her repertoire with works of modern and contemporary dance as well. Kolesnikova has danced a season in 2008 in the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End.
The famous prima ballerina, Irina Kolesnikova, has made an unforgettable impression on wide foreign audiences on her tours around the world. A dance critic at a Parisian dance publication wrote as follows:
“…prima ballerina Irina Kolesnikova united drama with virtuosity with her marvelous illustration. Her black swan was imposing and self-assured. Her perfect pirouettes and double and triple fouettés electrified the audience at Champs-Élysées.”
Prima ballerina Irina Kolesnikova has performed on the best stages in Asia since 2004. She’s familiar with e.g. the Orchard Hall in the Bunkamura in Tokyo, Opera House of NCP in Beijing, Grand Theatre in Shanghai, the Cultural Centre in Macao, the Daegu Opera House in South Korea, the National Theatre in Taipei and the stages of Singapore.
Quotes from reviews in Asian papers:
“Irina Kolesnikova is a regal dancer schooled in an uncompromising way in the Russian ballet tradition who has an expressive and secure technique.” Germaine Cheng – The Straits Times, Singapore
“Irina Kolesnikova is exquisite. She is a dancer of magnetic power – so much so that any ballet company in the world would welcome her with open arms…” Shinshokan Dance Magazine, Tokyo, Japan
“Irina Kolesnikova conquered the audience with her lovely renditions of the black and white swans. The beauty of her dancing has reached such a level as to take the audience’s breath away…” Khi Ding Khau – United Daily News – Taipei, Taiwan
During her career, Irina Kolesnikova has received numerous respected dance awards:
- Natalia Makarova Prize and Silver Medal at Arabesque in Russia, 2002
- Gold Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Prague
- Nomination for the international prize at Benois de la Danse
- Silver Medal at the Japan International Ballet and Modern Dance Competition
- Nomination by the Critics’ Circle of the UK as a finalist for Best Female Dancer in the National Dance Awards
Irina Kolesnikova has made an ineradicable impression in her roles as Odette and Odile in Swan Lake both in Russia and abroad. Irina Kolesnikova’s role as the queen of Swan Lake has become her trademark.
SPBT has grown itself a repertoire consisting of full-scale classics, including such masterpieces as Giselle, La Bayadère, Don Quixote, Paquita and of course the Tchaikovsky classics Swan Lake, the Sleeping Beauty and the Nutcracker.
The ballet company constantly tours six continents and several different countries. St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre has performed in Spain, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Italy, Austria, USA, Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Macao and Taiwan, and during the past four years, even in Finland, in Imatra. SPBT has on average 250 performances per year.
SPBT has received an enthusiastic and respecting welcome everywhere from both the audience, the press and dance critics. Respectable publications, such as The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian, publish reviews from professional critics:
SPBT performs classical ballet skillfully, with respect to the original foundation of ballet. Classical ballet is alive and well in competent hands.
SPBT has reached a unity of style and a refinement of execution. Not only the soloists but the company itself shows a high level of quality. The dancers have obviously received the best traditional and respected Russian training and interpret consistently the same language with their dance.
SPBT is a refined, first rate ensemble. Their systematic precision combines freshness of expression, academic strictness and respect for the repertoire.
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