the first ballet i saw from beginning to end. they used to show them late at night on dd when i was a kid but i never had the patience to sit through anything. they are such a concept of perfect beauty. gorgeous tchaikovsky theme music that is ringing in my ears. nureyev prancing around in his tights with mournful eye make up. the swan woman was the most beautiful and an amazing dancer.
a russian fairy tale with princesses trapped in the bodies of swans (how come not in the bodies of slugs?); an evil magician and his consort; and a poor prince who dies at the end for the sake of love. aren’t all great love stories necessarily tragic? not that this is much of a love story- just a sketch of a boy meets girl narrative that sets up a framework for many item songs, incessant pirouettes and amazing balancing acts and filler in between. like a hindi film.