APRIL 3–5, 2020


A Shorter Tale

Now school-aged children can experience the beauty of this classic with
Saint Louis Ballet's new and narrated

one-hour version.

School Groups call 314-516-4949

April 3 at 11am


Saint Louis Ballet presents Act 1 of "Swan Lake" April 3 at 11am at the Touhill for a special children's version.  One of the most popular ballets in the company’s repertoire, Swan Lake was premiered by the Bolshoi Ballet in 1877, and has found its way into the repertory of virtually every professional ballet company.  Fashioned from Russian and German folk tales and with music by Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake is the story of Princess Odette who is turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse.  Gen Horiuchi’s production is a grand one with glorious costumes, sets and lighting.


The music… the emotion… the dancers performing in perfect unison! Swan Lake has captured the hearts of ballet lovers for generations. Now, Saint Louis Ballet performs a one-hour Swan Lake designed for children and for those who have shorter attention spans. A specially crafted narration helps audience members follow along. With glorious music by Tchaikovsky, Gen Horiuchi’s Swan Lake—A Shorter Tale shines with the same high-level dancing and production values as the full- length version.

A Special One-Hour Version for Children

A Field Trip Opportunity Like No Other!

SWAN LAKE: A Shorter Tale


A young Prince Siegfried is playing with a friend outside the house. It is young girl named Princess Odette. As they play he runs to fetch his mother so she can join in the fun. Suddenly an evil sorcerer named Von Rothbart appears and captures the young Princess Odette.  Prince Siegfried returns with his mother and witnesses her being captured by Von Rothbart. He tries to enlist his mother for help, but she did not see what had just happened. Prince Siegfried stands helpless as his friend is taken away into the woods.

Act 1: Scene 1– A magnificent garden before a castle
Years later, at a garden near the castle, peasants and children await for the visit of courtiers from the royal court.  The Tutor and Prince Siegfried, now heir to the kingdom, join the festivities.  Later, the Queen passes through and gives her son, Prince Siegfried, a crossbow as a gift and reminds him that he will need to choose a wife at the upcoming ball celebrating his birthday. Upset that he cannot marry for love, Siegfried escapes into the forest.  Later that night in the forest he sees a flock of swans flying overhead and sets off in pursuit.

Act 1: Scene 2 – Lakeside
Siegfried aims his crossbow at the swans and readies himself for their landing by the lakeside. When one comes into view, however, he stops. Before him is a beautiful creature dressed in white feathers, more woman than swan.  The two dance together and Siegfried realizes she is the Princess Odette who had been captured by Von Rothbart years earlier.  A retinue of other captured swan-maidens join Odette in the environs of Swan Lake. Siegfried takes great pity.  As they dance, he falls in love with Odette.  Siegfried promises to Odette that he will swear his eternal love to her at the upcoming birthday ball —an act that will render the sorcerer’s spell powerless.