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Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake: A beginner's guide
5. Odette's curse
Siegfried is immediately enraptured and, as the pair dance, he learns her story: she is the princess Odette who, during daylight, is condemned to be a swan, along with the other girls, after being cursed by evil sorcerer von Rothbart, who is also Siegfried’s mentor. At night they become women again. The curse can only be broken by a man who pledges his heart solely to Odette. Pictured: Daria Klimentová and Vadim Muntagirov perform selected extracts from the English National Ballet's Swan Lake, 2011.