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Dance with the Swans!

May 01, 2018 01:18PM

Elegance. Sorcery. Beauty. Heartbreak. Texas Ballet Theater (TBT)’s production of Swan Lake is exactly what you want from this classic tale of romance and evil, complete with glittering costumes and expert dancing. Choreographed by TBT Artistic Director Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., with music by the original Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake is a love story filled with tragedy. Whether you see this show every year or this is your first time, you will love watching as Prince Siegfried meets the beautiful Princess Odette and learns how the evil magician Von Rothbart cursed her to be a swan. The next day, the prince is made to choose a wife at a royal ball by his queen mother and is instantly attracted to Rothbart’s daughter, Odile, who looks exactly like Odette. Tissues will be needed for the next part, when the prince — and Odette — realizes what has happened.

All the drama and dancing of Stevenson’s Swan Lake will take place in two acts instead of the original four, accompanied by The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for the Bass Hall performance and by The Dallas Opera Orchestra for the Winspear Opera House performance. Odette and Odile are performed by the same ballerina, who must change her costumes and demeanor for each character. The way the lead dancer completely transforms herself over and over again throughout the ballet is almost as intriguing as the plot itself. One thing is for sure: the ballerinas won’t be the only ones kept on their toes during the performance. Attendees will be mesmerized during the entire show — and secretly hoping for a different ending than the tragic one they know is coming. For a ballet as intricate (and commonly reproduced) as Swan Lake, this is no small achievement. Swan Lake will only be in town a few days, so get your tickets to this enchanting ballet now.



Date: May 25-27

Location: Bass Hall


Date: June 1-June 3

Location: Winspear Opera House