In a palace by a lake lives a lonely prince named Siegfried who dreams of marrying a woman he can truly love. One day, while taking a walk along the lake, Siegfried happens upon a group of swans who transform into lovely young maidens before his eyes. Led by the beautiful Queen Odette, they are under an evil magician’s spell that can only be broken when Odette finds a prince who will love her forever. Enchanted by her beauty and grace, Siegfried promises to marry her, but is his love strong enough to stop the magician’s wicked plan?

The Swan Lake ballet is charmingly brought to life through Nancy Ellison’s captivating photographs. Set in and around Moscow’s spectacular Kuskovo Palace, Swan Lake is a wonderful introduction to the beloved story and ballet as well as an enchanting keepsake for aficionados of the bittersweet tale.

Nancy Ellison is a photographer whose work has appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Vogue, LIFE, and Newsweek. She has photographed such famous personalities as Boris Yeltsin, Jane Fonda, Jack Nicholson, and Sharon Stone, and has been the special photographer on over fifty films, including Witness and Terms of Endearment. Ellison has had numerous exhibitions of her work, and her photographs are in many public and private collections. She and her husband reside in New York City.

Amy Ephron is a novelist, screenwriter, and producer. Her literary works include White Rose/una rosa blanca and A Cup of Tea. She was Executive Producer for the highly acclaimed film A Little Princess. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her three children.

Published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc.


All photographs copyright to Nancy Ellison. Any use of the photographs without written permission is strictly prohibited. You may obtain a copy of these and other Swan Lake photographs by purchasing the book.



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