Singapore Arts Festival 2004 Presents National Theatre of Northern Greece


Swan Lake City 



Asian Premiere




 Date:  9 & 10 June 
 Time:  8 pm
 Venue:  Esplanade Theatre 
 Tickets:  $62, $52, $42, $32, $22 
 Duration:  105 minutes (no intermission)  


Post-show Dialogue with Konstantinos Rigos


Swan Lake City is a contemporary four act-ballet based loosely on the beloved 19th century classic ballet Swan Lake, where a girl seeks to break the curse that changes her into a swan at dawn. This updated version examines how man seeks to break free of society’s confinements and define his role in it.


In this modern adaptation, audiences will get to see scenes such as a man cooking pasta; a pair of lovers entwined in a beautiful, lip-locking pas de deux; and a swimming competition.  Two musicians will also provide live, gritty rock ‘n roll music to accompany the otherwise idyllic, restrained lives of 17 characters living in a trailer park by a lake.


Swan Lake City is choreographed and directed by Greece’s leading choreographer, Konstantinos Rigos, who also performs in the show.  The Dance Theatre of the National Theatre of Northern Greece was founded in 1982 and renamed Dancetheatre of the National Theatre of Northern Greece in 2000. The following year, Rigos became its chief choreographer and artistic director, and merged it with Oktana Dance Theatre, which he had founded in 1990.  In 2002, just 20 years after Dancetheatre was formed, his explosive Swan’s Memory (the original name for Swan Lake City) sold more than 5,000 tickets and became the most successful dance piece for them.



  • Annex 1 – Synopsis of Swan Lake City 
  • Annex 2 – Production and Cast List 
  • Annex 3 – Dancetheatre of National Theatre of Northern Greece
  • Annex 4 – Artists’ Biographies