The most loved and mesmerizing of classical ballets, “Swan Lake” was Tchaikovsky’s first. It was
composed in 1875 and over 100 years later it remains a favorite with ballet companies regularly
performing it throughout the world. Today it is the symbol of Russian ballet. The scenario was
fashioned from Russian folk tales and tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by
an evil sorcerer’s curse. This classic story of good versus evil is considered one of the greatest
ballets of all time.