Swan Lake – Entrée and Adage from the Black Swan pas de deux (The Royal Ballet)

by Marypublished on April 21, 2021

Zenaida Yanowsky as Odile and Nehemiah Kish as Prince Siegfried in the Act III Black Swan Pas de deux of Anthony Dowell’s production of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s Swan Lake.

Swan Lake was Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet. Its 1877 premiere was poorly received, but it has since become one of the most loved of all ballets. The twinned role of the radiant White Swan and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan tests the full range of a ballerina’s powers, particularly in the two great pas de deux of Acts II and III. Other highlights include the charming Dance of the Little Swans performed by a moonlit lake and sweeping ballroom waltzes in the splendor of the royal palace.