April 29-May 26, 2016
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.
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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