Most memorable Swan Lake endings... ?good or bad
Posted 25 December 2008 - 11:52 PM
Posted 26 December 2008 - 05:47 AM
Posted 16 January 2009 - 04:14 AM
Posted 16 January 2009 - 05:46 AM
certainly per-revolution, russian productions, employed the tragic ending w/ apotheosis as given in both the original and 1895 librettos.
Vaganova's 1930s production used a happy ending.
later, in the 1960s?, when Grigorovich proposed to re-instate the original ending in Soviet Russia, he was prevailed upon by the authorities not to do so.
i assume earlier Messere, post-Gorsky production for the Bolshoi also presented a happy ending.
too bad Demidov's monograph on SWAN LAKE has never been translated into english.
Posted 16 January 2009 - 06:01 AM
Posted 17 November 2013 - 09:31 AM
I like the Paris Opera Ballet ending, where Rothbart kills Siegfried and takes Odette away. The scene really suits the music.
Posted 17 November 2013 - 10:14 AM
I always wondered why Sawn Lake had to have a happy ending in the Soviet era but Bayadere, Giselle, etc, never did...
Communist doctrine did not dictate a "happy ending" but a resolution in this world. Communists were atheists who did not believe in a Christian afterlife where one could find happiness. Odette and Siegfried could not find happiness in an after life, but only during this life, if at all. Much of the challenge to Communism over the years came from the Christian religion in the Soviet Union and the nations of the Warsaw Pact who rejected atheism.
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