It is arguably one of the most loved and challenging ballets, not least thanks to Tchaikovsky's instantly recognisable and timeless score, but also the great Pas de Deux, Pas de Quatre
and iconic Dance des Petits Cygnes (Dance of Little Swans).
The Act I peasant pas de Quatre
(Yuki Beppu, Yamil Maldonado, Beth Maslinoff and Mark Tucker) deserves praise for its energy and flawless technique.
It also has Cygnets pas de quatre
from Swan Lake, interpreted by BP dancers Monica Amanda Gana and Garry Corpuz.
Opening with Les Rendezvous, the dancers in brightly-coloured costumes criss-crossed the stage at speed to the music of Daniel Auber in a series of solos, pas de quatre
and ensemble dances, as friends and acquaintances met joyfully in a park setting.
Walpurghis Night originally appeared in a 1975 production of Ballet Next came a mixture of Swan Lake and Pas De Quatre
, and it served as a reminder that, while the gentlemen of the Trocks deal primarily in parody, they really can dance.
When the guys present the famously elegant Pas de Quatre
from Les Sylphides they argue, come close to a punch up, and then finish the piece serenely like classical ballerinas.
A send-up of classical ballet as the prince and his family watch from the royal box at the Opera House is hilarious as is the all-male take on the famous pas de quatre
From burly to burlesque, brut to beauty, they shoehorned in comic renditions of classics such as Swan Lake, Le Grand Pas de Quatre
and Paquita which brought about as much laughter as awe, adding a new dimension to the art form.
Among the finest Giselles of her generation, Wright also excelled in Dolin's The Pas de Quatre
. Replacing Markova, she created Vision of Marguerite with Gilpin and Oleg Briansky for Frederick Ashton.
Alonso won a second fame for her choreographies of such classics as Giselle, Grand Pas de Quatre
, La Bella Durmiente del Bosque, and La Fille real gardee, choreographies that have been staged by the Ballets of the Operas of Paris, Vienna, and Prague, as well as the Ballet San Carlo in Naples and Milan's La Scala.