Black Swan

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The grand pas de deux in Act III of Swan Lake, in which the evil sorceress Odile seduces Prince Siegfried into believing she is his beloved Odette. Traditionally called the Black Swan because Odile is usually dressed in black, while the swan queen Odette is in white. The Petipa choreography is incisively virtuosic and includes the notorious 32 fouetté turns. The Black Swan is also a favourite showpiece for ballerinas and is often presented as an item on gala programmes.

Subjects: Dance.

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