The Russian Grand Ballet and Artbeat, Inc. are pleased to announce the performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” in Visalia, on Wednesday, October 7, 7:30 pm at the Fox Theatre. The Kiev-based Russian Grand Ballet brings the classic ballet to life with Russia’s brightest ballet stars.
The Russian Grand Ballet was founded by and incorporated graduates from the Great Russian choreographic schools of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev. The principal dancers of the company came from the upper ranks of the great ballet companies and academies. Today, the Russian Grand Ballet Theatre is its own institution, with more than 50 brilliant dancers. Its artistic director, Constantine Pinchuk, is highly dedicated to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet.
The US tour features a company of 43, with 38 on stage. It has established a reputation for talent and versatility and has toured the world with both full-length traditional ballets and shorter ‘divertissements.’ The four acts of the original “Swan Lake” were compressed into three for this rendition without a compromise on the plot, presenting a beautiful romantic tale that is very well-received by the audience. The Russian Grand Ballet repertoire contains such masterpieces of world choreography as: Giselle, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty and others.
“There’s a good reason why Swan Lake is so often called the ‘ballet of all ballets’ – the combination of pure romanticism, a story about love and deception and Tchaikovsky’s famous music continue to reach new generations of audiences,” says Pinchuk. “It is an incredible opportunity for both the younger and older generations to experience the arts and enjoy a ballet classic.”
Based on Russian folklore and German legend, “Swan Lake” follows a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. The ballet is in three acts with two intermissions, with choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, and libretto by Vladimir Begichev and Vasily Getzer. Running time is approximately two hours and 30 minutes.
The Honored Artist of Ukraine, Olga Kifyak, will be dancing Odile/Odette (both the Black Swan and White Swan roles), with Eugeniy Svetlitsa as Prince Siegfried and Ivan Kozlov (who has been performing continuously alongside with Ulyana Lopatkina) as the Prince’s friend. Alisa Voronova, Sergey Kononenko and Anna Surmina will be performing Swan Lake Pas de Trois for the 25-city American tour.
Tickets are available for purchase through lincolntheater.com, by phone at 559 625 1369, or in person at the Visalia Fox Theatre Box Office.
More information is available online at russiangrandballet.com and www.artbeatshows.org For interviews, photographs or other assistance, please contact Tara Shisler @ [email protected].