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Moscow Ballet's Swan Lake 2018
November 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Moscow Ballet’s Swan Lake, one of the world’s most famous and beloved ballets, is performed to the cherished score by Pytor I. Tchaikovsky. The ballet features a moving sculpture garden where Russian passion governs in the statuesque bearing of the many male dancers, and the exquisite long lines of the women, all attacking each step with enviable Russian precision.
While the original version is more than four hours long, Moscow Ballet’s staging has been artfully edited to two Acts, yet it still manages to run the gamut of human emotion from elation to despair, purity to corruption, and melancholy to joy. Performances in Russia and Cuba often have happy endings and in this version the evil von Rothbart is vanquished and the loving couple head toward marital bliss.
The original Swan Lake ballet was based on a German myth, although legends of swan-maidens date as far back as ancient Greece. The ballet was first performed in Moscow in 1877 to the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.