ballet explained: swan lake, act 4 {finale}

ballet explained: swan lake // movita beaucoup

Back at the lake, Odette and the other swans are inconsolable. The spell cast upon them can’t be broken now that Prince Siegfried has pledged his eternal love to the wrong beast at the Betrothal Ball.

ballet explained: swan lake // movita beaucoup

Prince Siegfried finds the swans on the shore comforting one another. He runs to Odette and explains that von Rothbart tricked him, thus it probably wasn’t his fault that he pledged eternal love to the wrong swan. Odette honks, “Okay, honest mistake,” because everyone in this ballet has the attention span of a fruit fly and really wants to get married/not be a bird anymore. So, Siegfried is forgiven. Though Odette does gently remind him that she’ll be a swan forever because of his huge-ass mistake.

ballet explained: swan lake // movita beaucoup

Von Rothbart and Odile show up, and von Rothbart tells Siegfried that he must marry Odile because he stamped it red hot, black magic, no erasies. As you might expect when two dudes face off in the presence of girls/water fowl, a fight breaks out. A ballet fight! Which is basically a lot of kicking, fake jabbing and the occasional pirouette.

ballet explained: swan lake // movita beaucoup

ballet explained: swan lake // movita beaucoup

ballet explained: swan lake // movita beaucoup

ballet explained: swan lake // movita beaucoup

Post-fight – and because nothing ever really gets sorted with wrestling – Prince Siegfried tells von Rothbart that he would rather drop dead than marry Odile.

ballet explained: swan lake // movita beaucoup

Odette laments that death is the only way for her to be freed from von Rothbart’s spell, and truth be told, she’d rather croak than live without Siegfried. So, à la Thelma and Louise, Siegfried and Odette jump into the lake and die.

ballet explained: swan lake // movita beaucoup

Their sacrifice destroys von Rothbart’s powers and frees the other girl-swans from his spell. And then? Those gals beat the shit out of von Rothbart, driving him and Odile into the water where they meet with a glug-glug death.

ballet explained: swan lake // movita beaucoup

Oh, and then spirits of Prince Siegfried and Odette ascend into the heavens above Swan Lake. So… happy ending.

ballet explained: swan lake // movita beaucoup

14 Responses to ballet explained: swan lake, act 4 {finale}

  1. thatskinnychickcanbake November 14, 2017 at 8:05 pm #

    I’m going to have to find some occasions to use “son of a biscuit.” 🙂

    • movita beaucoup November 15, 2017 at 8:20 am #

      It’s very good for occasions when you find yourself in mixed company. And by mixed I mean cool people and uncool people.

  2. tcakestrista November 14, 2017 at 8:05 pm #

    so perfect, Really made my day!

  3. AHAnto November 14, 2017 at 8:29 pm #

    SWAN THROWDOWN – best ever comment never seen in a ballet programme.

    • movita beaucoup November 15, 2017 at 8:18 am #

      Like, why don’t ballet companies let me help them?

  4. Laura van Herk November 14, 2017 at 11:24 pm #

    If only the performance we saw last week had ended with this much drama! No ballet fighting, no free swans… just a very slow, anti-climatic walk upstage into the lake.

    • movita beaucoup November 15, 2017 at 8:18 am #

      Yah. Swan Lake has so many different endings – most of ’em boring. I like the one with ALL THE DEATH best!

  5. Richard Payne November 15, 2017 at 8:00 am #

    “Your” certain this is the End?! 😯

    • movita beaucoup November 15, 2017 at 8:21 am #

      I hope your not to disappointed. I know these stories are you’re favourite, so not to worry! I’ve got more on the way!

  6. Bonnie November 15, 2017 at 9:22 am #

    Clap clap clap. Bravo. Bravo. Honk honk. One of the best ballets ever!!!!

    • movita beaucoup November 15, 2017 at 2:21 pm #

      It IS one of the best ballets ever!

  7. WillCookForFriends November 15, 2017 at 7:44 pm #

    Bravo, bravo! And everyone involved ended up dead…. but yay!

  8. Lan | MoreStomach November 17, 2017 at 5:32 pm #

    i feel like the theme is more about a father’s love, he just wanted to a mate for his daughter and thought the only way to do that would be to cast evil spells on people, no?

  9. Stacy November 18, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

    I love a happy ending. And, no, he really did not think that through!

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