The winter season is always full of incredible events and shows, including the classic Swan Lake ballet. This famous performance was fashioned from Russian folk tales and tells the story of a princess transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse.
Although it is presented in numerous different versions, most ballet companies base their stagings both choreographically and musically on the 1895 revival (shown above), first staged for the Imperial Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.
8. Maids a Milking
Manda Lametrie, The Farm Maid, 1887 (oil on canvas), Alfred Roll (1846-1919) / Musee d’Orsay, Paris, France
Pastoral scenes are key to helping you relax over the Christmas holiday.
9. Ladies Dancing
Dance / Bridgeman Footage
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