The new ending also needs more pop. As in 2004, Siegfried, after he’s made it up with Odette, hoists her aloft and charges at Rothbart, who cowers at the depth of their love and falls lifeless. In 2004, Siegfried and Odette then threw themselves into the lake; the tower crumbled and the spell broke. That didn’t make much sense — you’d have thought the spell would die with Rothbart. Now, Siegfried and Odette hold each other, the swans return, Siegfried and Odette retreat upstage so the swans can display themselves — and that’s it. The concept — that Odette’s love can save Siegfried rather than the other way around — is powerful, but it needs more visual expression as the music surges from B minor into B major: tower crumbling; dawn-like lighting; Siegfried and Odette dancing out their joy; swans acting less like swans and more like girls. I suppose it’s a measure of Swan Lake’s size and scope that, more than a century after its birth, it’s still taking shape.
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