Royal Moscow Ballet coming to Prague

The traveling troupe will perform Swan Lake at the Congress Center

The Royal Moscow Ballet is coming to the Prague Congress Center to perform Swan Lake on Dec. 5 and 6.

Tchaikovsky' Swan Lake, based on Russian folk tales, was not successful when it debuted in 1877 but it has gone on to become one of the staples of every ballet company and in particular a holiday favorite.

For this production, the Royal Moscow Ballet uses choreography and an arrangement by Anatoly Emelianov, the current artistic director of the troupe, along with classical 19th-century elements by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov.

The troupe will have shows in Ostrava, Bratislava, and Prague, following on the heels of a tour of Poland. In 2018 they will tour Holland with Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty.

Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’s first ballet. While hunting, Prince Siegfried sees a magnificent swan, as he takes aim the swan turns into a beautiful woman, Princess Odette. She was cursed and spends days as a swan but by night she changes back to a woman. The spell will be broken when a virgin prince promises eternal love.

The Royal Moscow Ballet is one of the several privately run troupes to emerge in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union, where artistic endeavors were sponsored by the state.

The troupe is based in Moscow and has dancers selected from across Russia. The first performance by the Moscow Ballet, which bills itself as “the Crown of Russian Ballet,” took place in August 2002. The founders are Anatoly Emelianov and Anna Aleksidze.

Each year, the company tours across Europe with performances from its classical and contemporary repertoire. The troupe has also been to the US, Canada, Israel, India, China, South Korea, Japan; Sri Lanka, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates, among other countries.

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