Fifty-five ballet stars from the National Ballet Theatre of Odessa will perform “Swan Lake” at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts as part of their first visit to the United States on Nov. 30.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show in the Donnell Theater are $35 to $65 and can be purchased at the Marathon Center box office, 200 W. Main Cross St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or one hour before showtime; by phone at 419-423-2787; or online at mcpa.org
“Swan Lake,” a ballet in four acts with one intermission, is set to the music of Pyotr Tchaikovsky and based on Russian folklore and German legend, following the heroic Prince Siegfried as he works to free a beautiful maiden from an evil spell.
The maiden, Odette, and her companions have been transformed into swans, and they only return to human form during nighttime visits to an enchanted lake created from the tears of Odette’s mother.
The spell can be broken permanently if someone who has never loved before pledges his eternal love for Odette. Siegfried fits the bill, leading to several twists and turns as the ballet unfolds.
The show premiered in Moscow in 1877, with a notable 1895 revival at St. Petersburg.
The revival featured choreography from Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, inspiring later interpretations of the ballet, including the Odessa Theater’s.
“Swan Lake” itself played a pivotal role in the Ukrainian theater’s history, which dates back to 1810. It was the theater’s very first staging of the ballet in 1923 that was credited by the press as “the first attempt to create a real ballet performance in the history of the City Theater.”
For more information, visit the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater’s website at www.opera.odessa.ua/en/