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Watch our latest behind-the-scenes video to find out about Mathilde and Odette's stories of love, devotion and betrayal.
Swan Lake holds a cherished place in the repertoire. François Klaus's spectacular interpretation of this classic ballet honours its rich choreographic heritage (including the traditional 'White Swans' second act), whilst deftly creating a new narrative that culminates in the migration of the great Russian ballet tradition to the Western world.
Ballerina Mathilde Kschessinska was one of the stars of The Imperial Ballet in its golden years of the late 19th century. While living in exile in France after the Russian Revolution, she wrote a memoir of her life and romance with Tsar Nicholas II. François Klaus saw parallels between their tragic story and the tale of doomed love between the Swan Queen, Odette, and Prince Siegfried.
His ballet chronicles an epic story of devotion and betrayal, with lavish sets and costumes, thrilling dance and the glorious music of Tchaikovsky.