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Swan Lake (Le Lac des Cygnes)
A ballet in four acts based on motives found in J.K.A Musäus' 'Der geraubte Schleier (The Stolen Veil)'. The central character, Princess Odette is turned into a swan by the magician Rothbart. At midnight she and her companions regain their human form for a few hours. On one such occasion she is met by Prince Siegfried who falls in love with her and swears to rescue her. At a ball in the castle Siegfreid is expected to choose his bride; the knight Rothbart appears with his daughter Odile in the form of a Black Swan, so that she looks exactly like Odette. She bewitches Siegfried, who becomes betrothed to her; Odette then appears. Siegfreid now recognizes that he has broken his oath and he rushes off to the lake, where Odette and her companions are mourning their fate. Siegfried acknowledges his faithlessness and is forgiven by her. Rothbart then conjures up a storm and the two lovers are drowned. (H. Koegler. op. cit. p.400)
FONTEYN, Margot Autobiography, London: W.H.Allen, 1975, p.70
KOEGLER, Horst The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Ballet, London: Oxford University Press, 1982, p.400
MONEY, Keith Fonteyn - The Making Of A Legend, London: William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1973, pp.34,58-9
MONEY, Keith The Art of Margot Fonteyn, London: Michael Joseph Ltd. 1965