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17 Jan

 As a pre birthday gift I was taken to Seville, just a few hours car journey( no planes or anything covidy)  and with a masked audience we sat down to watch the stunning ballet. 

On January 12, 13, 14 and 15, the Aalto Ballett Essen stages one of the great white ballet titles, 'Swan Lake' , a mythical ballet work that any company with tradition and experience has in its repertoire . It is one of the most famous ballets in the world, perhaps one of the most popular and the ones that have been performed the most in the big theaters. Its first performance took place at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow with choreography by Julius Reisinger, on March 4, 1877. At first it was not a very popular ballet, so success had to wait until the 15th. January 1895, with new choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, this work achieved great success at the Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg.  source https://sevilla.abc.es/

The High Ballet

The Aalto Ballet Essen is not unknown to the Maestranza theater. The prestigious German company presented 'Romeo y Julieta' at the Seville Coliseum in January 2016, also with the Seville Symphony in the pit. Do not forget that it is the only annual occasion to see ballet with live music. This time it is 'Swan Lake' also with the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville in the pit under the direction of Wolfram-Maria Märtig.The Aalto Ballett Essen is one of the German dance houses with the greatest international prestige due to the variety and quality of its productions. It currently consists of thirty dancers who come from thirteen countries around the world. This variety of different personalities and nationalities is typical of the company's cosmopolitan identity. The choreography for this version is the work of the director of the current cast director, Ben Van Cauwenbergh.In the fall of 2008, Ben Van Cauwenbergh takes over as Ballet Director of the Aalto-Theater. At the beginning of the 2013/14 season he is appointed Artistic Director. He is born in Antwerp, Belgium, and is the son of the dancer Anna Brabants. She began her classical ballet training at an early age and graduated from the National Ballet Institute. In 1976 he won the silver medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition, as well as the gold medal at the famous 'Prix de Lausanne'.He was a dancer with the English National Ballet and works closely with Rudolf Nureyev. From 1992 to 2007 he is Ballet Director and Chief-Choreographer at the Wiesbaden State Theatre. His productions are part of the repertoire of ballet companies around the world.

The lake

The first Odette/Odile of 'Swan Lake' was the Russian ballerina, Anna Sobeshchánskaya, but there have been other ballet virtuosos who have interpreted it, such as Anna Pavlova, Pierina Legnani, Margot Fonteyn, Maya Plisetskaya, Natalia Makarova Silvye Guillenm , among others. others. The Spanish dancer Tamara Rojo, today director of the English National Ballet, is one of the most renowned interpreters of the famous romantic role.The libretto of 'Swan Lake' is based on a story 'The Stolen Veil', by the German writer Johann Karl August Musäus, although other authors base it on the Russian popular tale 'The White Duck'. Thaikovsky's contemporaries believe that the musician had an interest in the life story of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, which had been marked by the sign of the swan.The story of Odette/Odile, Prince Siegphid and Rothbart, the antagonist of the story, an evil sorcerer who always conquers the public, and the large corps de ballet made up of the swans make this work one of the most renowned scenes in ballet. quintessential romantic.

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