Katrina Tamminga - September 29, 2008
Production Invigorates Historic Classic with Unique Adaptations by Ballet Masters Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner
2008—Colorado Ballet returns to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House with the timeless Tchaikovsky tragic romance, Swan Lake, opening Oct. 11 and running through Oct. 26. Last presented by Colorado Ballet during the 2000-2001 season, this year’s production of Swan Lake—considered one of the greatest classical ballets of all time—will feature the original choreography of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, set and updated by two of today’s premier ballet masters, Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner, former principal dancers with American Ballet Theatre.
Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs describes this season’s adaptation of Swan Lake as a traditional ballet bejeweled with novel additions. “It’s Swan Lake in all of its historic grandeur and mystical intrigue revitalized with musical and choreographic innovation,” said Boggs. “We have stayed true to the traditional work, while adding an original waltz during the first act and a totally new fourth act, complete with neverbeforeseen choreography.”
In classic form, Swan Lake will be presented in four acts (with two intermissions), juxtaposing the immortal themes of love unrequited and love redeemed throughout. The timeless tale weaves the tragic story of Prince Siegfried and his beautiful Princess Odette, who has been transformed into a swan by the villainous Baron Von Rothbart. Odette is doomed to forever spend her days as the Swan Queen unless her curse is broken by a royal marriage vow.
For Tchaikovsky’s high intensity and vividly passionate masterpiece, Colorado Ballet will partner principal artists Maria Mosina and Igor Vassine, Sharon Wehner and Koichi Kubo, and Chandra Kuykendall and Alexei Tyukov as the production’s doomed lovers in alternating casts. Swan Lake represents the first time this season that former partners Wehner and Kubo will reunite for a classical ballet, following Kubo’s return from Smuin Ballet in San Francisco. The two were previously paired in contemporary ballets for Colorado Ballet’s 2008-2009 seasonopening Triple Crown production.
During each performance, one ballerina will take on the complex challenge of performing the dual roles of Odette and her lookalike, the evil princess Odile. The transformation from good to evil will be a true testimonial of the dancers’ rich talents and capabilities.
“The psychological component of performing the foiled characters of Odette and Odile is a feat for any dancer, though our principals have risen to the challenge,” said Boggs. “Renowned former Swan Queen Amanda McKerrow has offered incredible coaching for our dancers, demonstrating the emotion, passion and artistic style that are vital to such an amazing role.”
Ticket Prices range from $19 $ 145 To purchase tickets for Swan Lake please call 3038378888, send an email to email@example.com or visit Colorado Ballet’s Web site at www.coloradoballet.org.