ILLUSIONS – LIKE SWAN LAKE

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY 

The King : JIRI BUBENICEK
The Shadow : CARSTEN JUNG
Natalia : ELIZABETH LOSCAVIO
Odette : ANNA POLIKARPOVA
Claire : SILVIA AZZONI

HAMBURG BALLET
Choreographer : JOHN NEUMEIER

HAMBURG SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA
Solo Violon : STEFAN CZERMAK

Conductor : VELLO PÄHN

BAC106 / Ballet recorded at the Hamburg State Opera in 2001

Created in 1976 by John Neumeier for the Hamburg Ballet “Illusions like Swan Lake” transposes the magic of Petipa and Ivanov ballet in the castles of Ludwig II of Bavaria. This sensitive king, obsessed by the swan symbolic, drowned himself in the lake of Berg Castle.

Following this background, the American choreographer created relevant links between Prince Siegfried from the ballet, Louis II and Tchaikovsky. As a tormented man, the composer was also fleeing reality. Conceived as a deep mise en abyme, the ballet describes withdrawal that relentlessly leads to madness.

Soloist Jiri Bubenicek stars as the King with Anna Polikarpova as Odette, Elizabeth Loscavio as Natalia and the Corps de Ballet of the Hamburg Ballet.

Unavailable on video for many years this edition is filmed by John Neumeier. It contains interviews and personal off-commentary of the ballet by the choreographer.

  • Director: JOHN NEUMEIER
  • Bonus: Interview John Neumeier + Personal off-commentary
  • Length: 171 min - Image: PAL, colour, 16:9
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Zones: All Zones - 1 disc(s) - Release date: