The ballet audiences are perfectly familiar with this German ballet fairy tale to music by Tchaikovsky, about Prince Siegfried torn between his love for Odette turned into a swan and her fiery opposite Odile, who is thrown into his arms by a devious wizard. After many productions of the traditional version of Swan Lake in Warsaw, Krzysztof Pastor and librettist Paweł Chynowski decided to move the story to the reality of the tsarist court in the final years of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s life. Respecting the spirit of the Romantic original, they drew on a Polish theme, a true story that happened to the Russian heir to the throne, Nicholas. For years, the tsarevich was faithful to his youthful love for Princess Alix of Hesse, but Tsar Alexander III did not approve. Through his father, Nicholas met and fell in love with Polish ballerina Matylda Krzesińska (Mathilde Kschessinska). He was possessed by his passion, leading to a well-known social scandal at the court in St. Petersburg on the eve of Nicholas II’s ascension to the throne. Despite the changed libretto, the show retains the most precious ‘swan’ sequences from the academic choreography by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa.
Warsaw/Teatr Wielki-Polish National Ballet – Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake”, choreographed by Krzysztof Pastor
1 October 2019 - 5 October 2019 | 19:00 | Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera | Warsaw
Bydgoszcz/Opera Nova: Karol Szymanowski's "Stabat Mater” and "Harnasie” choreographed by Robert Bondara
4 October 2019 - 5 October 2019 | 19:00 | Bydgoszcz: Opera Nova, ul. Marszałka Ferdynanda Focha 5
Five years after his The Captive Mind, Robert Bondara returns to Bydgoszcz’s Opera Nova to choreograph Karol Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater and Harnasie.
Robert Bondara on choreographing Stabat Mater…
I hope that adding a more human dimension to the story by universalizing it will render the work more relatable to the audience. The structure of the performance adopts an atmosphere of a rite whose goal is to recollect and relive well-known events.
…and his work with Harnasie:
The folkloristic color has given way to an in-depth insight into the characters, their dilemmas, motives, as well as the interpersonal relationships and social relations which frequently influence the protagonists’ decisions.