Tchaikovsky and Petipa, Russian artistic deities of the Romanov age, teamed to create the masterpiece, Swan Lake. Composer Tchaikovsky had already become internationally famous with "Sleeping Beauty" and "The Nutcracker".

Tchaikovsky and Petipa, Russian artistic deities of the Romanov age, teamed to create the masterpiece, Swan Lake. Composer Tchaikovsky had already become internationally famous with "Sleeping Beauty" and "The Nutcracker".

The choreography of Marius Petipa has become almost sacrosanct and is scarcely changed by ballet companies to this day.

First State Ballet Theatre's Artistic Director Pasha Kambalov has channeled Petipa's movements in past productions and will do so with this version. It is surely one of the world's most beloved ballets.

Beauty, drama and passion performed by Delaware's 22 member professional ballet company adorned in beauteous costumes built in Russia.

Odette (Mary Kate Reynolds) was transformed into a swan by the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart; she can only regain her human form at night. She has many companions under the same spell, and they have made her their queen, hence her title "The Swan Queen." She is forced to live by a lake that was magically formed from the tears of her grieving mother. The only way for the spell to be broken is by the power of eternal love between Odette and a young man who will remain faithful to her, for if the vow of eternal love is broken, she will remain a swan forever.

Prince Siegfried (Justin Estelle) ventures upon the lake while out hunting and sees Odette transform from her swan form into her human form. He falls in love with her and she with him, and after a night at the lake together, Siegfried vows to love Odette for all eternity. With Siegfried's love, the love of one who has never loved before, the spell can be broken. But all hope seems to vanish when Siegfried is tricked into declaring his love for Rothbart's daughter, Odile, condemning Odette to remain under Rothbart's power. The only way Odette can be free now is if she dies, and she would rather die than live without Siegfried and forever as a swan. After she forgives Siegfried, he declares that he will die with her. When Rothbart appears, Odette throws herself into the lake and Siegfried follows her. In the climax of their sacrifice, Rothbart's powers are destroyed and the spell is finally broken; Odette's companions are freed from the enchantment. As the sun rises, Siegfried and Odette ascend to heaven together, united in love for all eternity. (Sigh...)

Having the privilege of witnessing the majority of its performances over their 14 years, there is little doubt this production will be nothing short of breathtaking.

Schwartz Center for the Arts - Dover - October 13 @ 3pm.  302.678.5152

Grand Opera House - October 19 @ 7pm and October 20 @ 2pm

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