PAS DE DEUX THE BLACK SWAN. M.Petipa y L.Ivanov
(Pas de Deux from III Act of Swan Lake)
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.