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Total duration 2 h 45 min
2 intermissions (25 min)
11 performances
4.4.2022 – 25.5.2022
Main Stage
20-129 €

The greatest feat of dance

Swan Lake is the world’s most famous ballet, which combined Tchaikovsky’s magnificent music with a visual world of iconic beauty. It also has a long history at the Finnish National Ballet, where it was performed as its first production a hundred years ago.

David McAllister’s new choreography, made specifically for the Finnish audience, honours the ballet’s long-standing traditions. Swan Lake deservedly opens the Finnish National Ballet’s centenary celebrations in 2022.

Suggested age guidance 7+. 

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Tickets & Performances

2 h 45 min
2 intermissions (25 min)
11 performances
4.4.2022 – 25.5.2022
Main Stage
20-129 €
Mon 4.4.2022
at 19:00
Wed 6.4.2022
at 19:00
Fri 8.4.2022
at 19:00
Sat 9.4.2022
at 14:00
Sat 9.4.2022
at 19:00
Thu 21.4.2022
at 19:00
Fri 22.4.2022
at 19:00
Wed 11.5.2022
at 19:00
Thu 12.5.2022
at 19:00
Mon 23.5.2022
at 19:00
Wed 25.5.2022
at 19:00

The comeback of the legendary ballet will take even the most seasoned ballet visitors’ breath away.

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“It’s a great honour to be able to create Swan Lake, which is a tribute to the company’s centennial history. This is why I want this to be specifically a Finnish version, in which Finns can take pride – a ballet that pays homage to the first hundred years of the Finnish National Ballet.”

– David McAllister, choreographer

Costume sketches for the ballet

Listen to the Swan Lake

Creative team

David McAllister
Pjotr Tšaikovski
Sets, costumes
Gabriela Týlešová
Lighting design
Kalle Ropponen



The much-feared sorcerer Rothbart captures princess Odette of a distant land and turns her into a swan.

Prince Siegfried is preparing for his birthday celebration, which is to double as a coronation. He will take reign of the kingdom from his mother, a cold-hearted widow queen. The Chamberlin has been a father figure to him ever since the king’s death. The queen has invited four princesses to meet Siegfried for him to find a bride. Siegfried is disinterested and anguished, so he leaves to hunt by the lake with his friends. As he arrives at the lake, the prince sees a flock of swans and Odette, transformed into a beautiful princess. Odette tells him about Rothbart’s spell until the sorcerer draws her away. Odette protects the swan maidens from the prince’s hunter friends, and Siegfried stops them from shooting at the swans. Odette and Siegfried dance a duet, which cements their love. As dawn breaks, Odette tells Siegfried that she can only remain a princess if someone breaks the spell by swearing eternal love to her through marriage. Rothbart interrupts the scene and the swan maidens turn back into swans. Led by Odette, they fly away.

Back at the palace, the princesses each present a dance from their native country to entice the prince. Rothbart arrives with his daughter Odile, whom Siegfried mistakes as Odette. As they dance, Odette tries to get his attention, but the prince is entranced by Odile. Only when the prince has professed to marry Odile does Rothbart reveal the begging, crying Odette. In shock, Siegfried rushes out to find Odette.

Odette tells the swans that Rothbart has once again succeeded in stopping the curse from being lifted. Siegfried arrives in search of Odette. Rothbart sees that he is armed and escapes. Odette forgives Siegfried, but Rothbart returns. Just as Siegfried attempts to kill Rothbart, Odette runs to stop him and is hit by his arrow. The desperate Siegfried is wracked with guilt: is this how their love story ends?

The full synopsis and other background information in the programme leaflet.

Towards the premiere

Watch at Stage24

Watch the recording of Swan Lake

Swan Lake is available worldwide as a recording at Stage24 and Yle Areena.

The recording is produced in collaboration with Yle.

See also

Read the article
Watch the video

Choreographer David McAllister talks about Swan Lake


It's time to celebrate!

The Finnish National Ballet celebrates its centenary in 2022. The production is part of the centenary programme of events.

We also celebrate the centenary online. Read about the twists and turns of the ballet company, browse videos from over the decades, and discover the spring season’s centenary programme.

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