Moscow Ballet's Swan Lake 2018
November 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM
40 star-studded dancers perform Olympic-worthy leaps in Moscow Ballet’s lavish Swan Lake. “Brimful with feeling” says the New York Times. Moscow Ballet’s traditional telling of the tragic Swan Lake story includes award-winning dancers, lavish costumes. Celebrate Russian ballet and the beauty of the world renowned dancers in Moscow Ballet’s Swan Lake.
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.