Ending the season on the highest of notes with Swan Lake
Wednesday May 6: 7:30PM
Thursday May 7: 7:30PM
Friday May 8: 7:30PM
Saturday May 9: 2:00PM
Saturday May 9: 7:30PM
A true classic tale of fantasy, love and coming of age,
Swan Lake has become synonymous with ballet the world
Alberta Ballet is proud to present this romantic story to
newcomers and veteran ballet fans alike – a story we’ve
only ever told on stage once in the last 35 years.
Associate Artistic Director Christopher Anderson is eager
to tackle the iconic story that he believes will connect
and resonate with our audiences.
This is undoubtedly the most popular ballet in the
— Christopher Anderson
“It’s exciting because we get to build on the rich history
of the ballet and allow our dancers to inhabit the story
and fill each step with their emotional connections,”
Christopher said. “This incredible score is very different
from Tchaikovsky’s other scores, in that it allows much
more freedom for emotional expression.”
Swan Lake was first performed in the Bolshoi Theatre in
Moscow in 1877, but it wasn’t well received at that time.
Twenty years later, after both the score and the
choreography were revisited, it became the version that
inspired the productions we still see today.
Christopher believes Swan Lake has become so well known,
even to non-dance fans, because the music has been woven
into popular culture so much, and for so long, that one
could argue it’s more famous than the story.
Just like he did with Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty,
Christopher hopes to clarify the story so the audiences can
easily escape into young Prince Siegfried’s journey to
manhood. It will be impossible not to be moved by the
Prince’s love for Odette or to get lost in the young
couple’s heroism and determination as they struggle against
the sorcerer and his cruel spell.
“This is undoubtedly the most popular ballet in the world,
and I am so immensely proud for this world premiere to
close our 2019-20 season,” said Christopher. “It is a
tremendous opportunity, and while it is certainly
intimidating to take on the story, I am filled with
excitement and anticipation!”
Classically-trained dancers aspire to perform Swan Lake.
The choreography epitomizes the iconic aesthetic of
classical ballet, and, for the dancer cast in the dual role
of Odette/Odile, the challenges of the role will demand
mastery of technique and of character study. Christopher
hopes to make the rare opportunity of this production as
memorable for the dancers as it will be for the audience.
“Swan Lake is a ballet that resonates with you long after
you’ve experienced it. That holds true for dancers and
“The imagery that the choreography for the swan corps
demands, relying heavily on the delicate precision and
articulation of the arms, neck and head, is the true beauty
of the ballet. Upon this foundation, the romance and story
Alberta Ballet’s version of this masterpiece will be the
one not to miss this season – an experience you’ll want to
share with the whole family.
STAGING AND ADDITIONAL CHOREOGRAPHY: Christopher
COMPOSER: Pyotr Tchaikovsky
SET DESIGN: Peter Farmer
COSTUME DESIGN: Peter Farmer
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