Swan Lake Sypnosis
While out gathering flowers in the forest, Princess Odette encounters the evil sorcerer, von Rothbart. He envelops her in his two enormous wings, transforming her into a swan.
Prince Siegfried is celebrating his birthday with friends in the castle garden. Toasts are made and a pas de trois is danced in his honor. His mother, the Queen, arrives and presents him with a crossbow as a gift to mark his coming of age and reminds him that he must soon choose a bride and marry. A ball will be thrown to introduce him to prospective fiancées. Siegfried is dismayed at the suggestion. As the peasants dance around him, the despondent Siegfried sees a flock of swans flying overhead and departs to hunt them.
Prince Siegfried stands in the shadows as Princess Odette enters the clearing. Terrified, she runs from him but he assures her he means no harm by laying down his cross bow. She shares the secret of the spell with Siegfried – they live as maidens only at midnight and must return to their swan identity each day at dawn. Unless the spell is broken by the love and devotion of a man, they will live like this for eternity. Her swan maidens enter, circling the clearing and transform into lovely maidens. The prince falls in love with Princess Odette, vowing to release her and her court from the evil sorcerer’s enchantment. von Rothbart watches this exchange from the shadows determined that the Prince must break this promise to Odette.
The Queen’s court gathers for a celebration of Prince Siegfried’s birthday. Six prospective fiancées each vie for Siegfried’s affection. He dances with each in turn but tells his mother he cannot marry any of them as he loves Odette. von Rothbart, disguised as a baron, appears accompanied by his daughter Odile, whom he has transformed as an exact double of Odette. Dances from foreign lands performed for the court followed by a pas de deux in which beguiles Siegfried to believe she is his Swan Princess. Siegfried is so enchanted with Odile that he swears his love and promises to marry her. As he does so, von Rothbart reveals Odile’s true identity and Odette appears frantic outside the palace ballroom. The sorcerer is ecstatic – his curse will go unthreatened, as Siegfried has broken his promise to Odette. Siegfried is horrified by his error and that he has been deceived. In despair, he rushes to the lake to find Odette.
The swan maidens wait sadly in the clearing for their Princess. She returns and tells them their hope of ever being set free from the spell has been destroyed by the Prince’s betrayal. Siegfried appears and begs Odette for forgiveness, swearing his undying love for her. The maidens protect her from him but she cannot stay away. von Rothbart arrives and conjures up a storm over the lake. As Siegfried and Odette attempt to flee, von Rothbart will not let them go. The Prince unveils his crossbow and shoots, killing von Rothbart and immediately breaking the spell that has held the swans. Odette resumes her human form and is united with Siegfried.