Portal legs for Magic Swan, by Eugen Dunkel
The Ballet Russe Collection
One-act ballet choreographed by Alexandra Fedorova after
Music by Tchaikovsky.
Decor by Eugene B. Dunkel.
Premiere: New York, October 13, 1941, by the Ballet Russe de Monte
Magic Swan was, in fact, Alexandra Fedorova's
reconstruction of Petipa's third act of Swan Lake. The
second act had, of course, been in the Ballet Russe's repertoire
for years, and this was an attempt to utilize the divertissements
aspect of Petipa's choreography to form a piece by itself.
Strangely enough the work was not very well received. For that
reason perhaps there was never an attempt to present both Magic
Swan and the second act of Swan Lake on the same
"Many balletgoers, unfamiliar with Petipa's episodic structure,
belittled those divertissements. Even the knowledgeable Walter
Terry called the choreography 'not worthy of a dancing school's
Jack Anderson, The One and Only: The Ballet Russe de Monte
There are only two sets of legs in our collection for this
ballet: the portal legs pictured above, and one set, marked "portal
legs" as pictured below.
Portal legs for Magic Swan