Swan Lake - A story of love and betrayal...A ballet in four acts. Prince Siegfried, heir to the throne, has to find a bride. He isn't really interested, but his mother insists. The Queen is planning a Grand ball and she invites prospective princesses from different kingdoms. The prince enjoys his birthday celebrations but when all have departed he succumbs to melancholy and longing.
The Prince goes hunting at night and surprises a flock of beautiful swans by the lake. The Prince is amazed when their leader turns out to be a princess, called Odette. She has been bewitched by the wicked magician, Von Rothbart. The princesses can only return to their human form at night and if the spell is to be broken then a Prince has to swear allegiance to Odette. Odette and Siegfried fall in love and he swears eternal love.
At the Grand Ball dancers from Spain, Poland, Russia, Italy and Hungary arrive as the entourage of the prospective fiancées. As the celebrations get under way a Stranger arrives with his beautiful daughter Odile. Siegfried thinks that he recognises Odette and is captivated. Following the entertainment by the dancers from the different countries, Siegfried and Odile dance together. Von Rothbart, for it is he who has brought his own daughter to captivate the Prince's affections, asks Siegfried to swear his love for the black swan. As he raises his hand, Odette is seen at the window wringing her hands and pleading. Pandemonium ensues. The Prince rushes away to the lakeside.
By the lakeside, little black cygnets reflect the disaster which has occurred. The swans dance slowly and sadly and try to comfort Odette. The Prince rushes in and battles with Rothbart. The music swells and the swans turn on their captor. They are freed from the spell when Siegfried and Odette jump into the lake together. Von Rothbart is stricken down by the eternal love between Odette and Siegfried.
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