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Russian National Ballet Theatre will bring one of the world’s most beautiful and technically demanding ballets, Swan Lake, to the McAninch Arts Center, located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage, Sunday, Jan. 13 at 2 and 6 p.m. The Washington Post calls the Russian National Ballet Theatre, “a cut above many of its rivals.” A free MAC Chat will take place one hour prior to each performance. Dr. Kelly Stokes, Adjunct Faculty at College of DuPage and Community Engagement Coordinator with Salt Creek Ballet, will provide background information on the history of ballet as well as insights into Swan Lake.
Swan Lake tells the epic love story of Prince Siegfried and Princess Odette as they deal with the evil sorcerer, Rothbart. The music was composed by Tchaikovsky in 1875-1876, based on a scenario derived from German folk tales. The ballet, choreographed by Julius Resinger, premiered in 1877 at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre. In January 1895 it was staged again at the Mariinsky Theatre, this time with what would become the classic choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov.
Russian National Ballet Theatre’s staging of the full-scale ballet in four acts features music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreography from Petipa, Ivanov and Yuri Grigorovich, with restaging by Elena Radchenko as assisted by Alexander Daev. Set and costume design is by Sergei and Elena Radchenko and Kiril Andreev and lighting design is by Marina Borodina.
Having brought timeless ballet classics to the stages of North America since 1999, and founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, Russian National Ballet used their new-found creative freedom, influenced by the political movement, to invigorate the tradition of Russian Ballet with new developments in dance from around the world. In 1994, the legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko was selected by Presidential decree to assume the first permanent artistic directorship of the company. Radchenko is the founder of the Russian National Ballet Theatre, focusing on upholding the grand national tradition of the major Russian ballet works and developing new talents throughout Russia, with a repertory of virtually all of the great full works which continue to enlighten, inspire, and entertain audience across the continent.
Russian National Ballet Theatre’s production of Swan Lake comes to the McAninch Arts Center, located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage, on Sunday, January 13 at 2 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $39 for youth and $59 for adults. For tickets and more information, visit AtTheMAC.org or call 630.942.4000.
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Russian National Ballet Theatre in Swan Lake (photo by Alexander Daev).