PAS DE DEUX THE BLACK SWAN. M.Petipa y L.Ivanov 1895
- (Pas de Deux from III Act of Swan Lake)
- Choreography: M.Petipa
- Music: Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
- Costumes: Iñaki Cobos
- Duration: 12 minutes
- World premiere by Teatro Mariinsky Ballet on January 15, 1895, Teatro Mariinsky, Saint Petersburg (Russia)
- Premiere by Compañía Nacional de Danza January 19, 1984, Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid (Spain)
The grand pas de deux from the third act of Swan Lake – widely known as the ‘Black Swan’ Pas de deux – is an iconic moment from a ballet that has come to define the art form. The duet is remarkable for its powerfully dramatic choreography and music, which, unusually, uses the five-part structure and virtuoso display typical of a grand pas de deux to progress the plot of the ballet.
Prince Siegfried has fallen for Odette, the victim of an evil spirit who has been condemned to live as a swan unless someone who has never loved before swears to love her forever. During a ball at the palace, Von Rothbart – the evil spirit in human form – arrives with his daughter Odile, who by magic resembles Odette. Not realizing that he is being deceived, the Prince falls under her spell.