Music by: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography after: Alexander Gorsky
Costumes by: David Tetrault
Lighting by: Tricia Toliver
Staged by: Elena Kunikova
The first Odette/Odile in the Swan Lake, which was staged at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, was Pelagaija Karpakova.
Although beautiful, Madame Karpakova was not really a ballerina of great technique; this dance was added by Tchaikovsky for the score of Swan Lake to suite her talents.
Now rarely performed in the full length ballet, the Russian Dance has become a popular solo on the ballet stage, expressing the soul of old Russia.