“The legend is back with a twist. The world's favorite ballet is still an audience favorite”
Swan Lake. As soon as the title of this ultimate classical ballet is mentioned, images and associations come to mind almost automatically for most of us: a lake in the moonlight, the dance of the little swans, Prince Siegfried torn between his love for the White Swan Odette and the temptations of the Black Swan Odile, and the evil wizard Von Rothbart who manipulates everything and everyone. Countless traditional versions and modern interpretations of and parodies of Swan Lake have seen the light of day, both on stage and on the silver screen. So does that mean there is nothing more to say about Swan Lake? Certainly not! Eric Gauthier, artistic director of Gauthier Dance/Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart, asked four top contemporary choreographers to give their vision of the “ballet of ballets. The four creations – by Marie Chouinard, Marco Goecke, Hofesh Shechter and Cayetano Soto – are not intended as a full-length work, but as ‘Swan Lakes in the plural’: four separate, stylistically completely different choreographies by four makers who, starting from a familiar story, each give a totally new meaning and interpretation to Swan Lake.
In her contribution to Swan Lakes, the Canadian avant-garde choreographer Marie Chouinard, who has been internationally celebrated for decades, immerses the audience in a sensual experience that fuses dance, electronic music – a reworking of Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet music – and video projections. For the dark, highly physical contribution by Israeli, politically engaged hitchoreographer and composer Hofesh Shechter, the desires, fantasies and dreams of all those who have no home, no place and no choice are an important starting point.
In his contribution to Swan Lakes, Spaniard Cayetano Soto – loved for years by Gauthier Dance dancers and audiences for his flamboyant choreographies – makes visible the magical moment of the transformation from human to animal, from woman to swan. For artist in residence Marco Goecke, Swan Lake has long been a source of inspiration: previously he created, among other things, a sublime contemporary version of the famous Black Swan pas de deux. In his new creation for Swan Lakes, he explores with a group of male dancers ‘what the ballet dream of the ultimate classical ballet could look like today’. Swan Lakes is a powerful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece and is a passionate and contemporary Swan Lake for our times.