April 29-May 26, 2016
Due to popular demand, a new performance has been added on Wed, May 25. Great seats available–get yours before they're gone!
When Mikko Nissinen's fresh take on this quintessential ballet debuted in 2014 it was hailed as "luminous" by The Wall Street Journal. See it again or for the first time-but do not miss this limited engagement as Swan Lake won't return to the stage for several years.
One of the most beloved and quintessential classical ballets, Swan Lake premiered in 1877 and like many of the best stories, it has been retold over the years. Russian choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov collaborated with Tchaikovsky to create the cherished version that served as Nissinen's inspiration. While remaining true to their intent, he added choreography and reunited with award-winning designer Robert Perdziola (The Nutcracker) to create the spectacular sets and costumes.
From the very first note of Tchaikovsky's romantic and ageless score, audiences are transported into a world where enchanted swans rise from a misty lake and a love-struck prince is deceived by a cruel and dangerous beauty.
Virtuoso dancing abounds, from the mesmerizing corps of elegant swans, the colorful national dances, and incredible athleticism and grace of Odile's fouettés (whip turns), to the heartbreaking finale when Siegfried's unintentional betrayal and Odette's broken heart dooms the swans to their tragic fate.
New York City Ballet Principal dancer Gonzalo Garcia will perform Prince Siegfried with Principal dancer Misa Kuranaga on April 29 and 30. Mikko Nissinen, Boston Ballet's Artistic Director, taught Garcia at San Francisco Ballet School in 1997 and has since invited him to appear as a guest artist on numerous occasions. Garcia first appeared with Boston Ballet in Jerome Robbins' Other Dances and George Balanchine's Apollo as part of the Company's inaugural Night of Stars in 2006. That same year, he danced in Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote with Boston Ballet Principal dancer Erica Cornejo in the leading role as Basilio. We are thrilled to welcome Garcia back for these select performances. Read Mr. Garcia's full bio here
Post-Show Talk - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Join Boston Ballet artistic staff and dancers immediately after the 7:30 pm performance for a behind-the-scenes look at Swan Lake. Event takes place in the Boston Opera House Main Lobby and is free for all ticket holders to the May 21, 7:30 pm performance.
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, with additional choreography by Mikko Nissinen
Set and Costume Design: Robert Perdziola
Lighting Design: Mark Stanley
Projection Design: Seághan McKay
Assistant for Act II Character Dances: Alla Nikitina
Music Director and Principal Conductor: Jonathan McPhee
World Premiere: October 30, 2014, Boston Ballet, Boston Opera House
Original Premiere: January 15, 1895, Imperial Ballet, Maryinsky Theatre
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