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Alberta Ballet’s Swan Lake

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 over.

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 world...”
— 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 audiences alike.”

“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 come alive.”

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 Anderson
COMPOSER: Pyotr Tchaikovsky
SET DESIGN: Peter Farmer
COSTUME DESIGN: Peter Farmer

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