Swan Lake Poughkeepsie Tickets
Swan Lake tour dates
The Russian Grand Ballet presents Tchaikovsky’s stunning tragedy, Swan Lake in Poughkeepsie, New York. Music for Swan Lake, which was first performed in 1877 at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater, was written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, of The Nutcracker fame. The spellbinding choreography came together through the efforts of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, and the Libretto was composed by Vladimir Begichev and Vasily Getzer. This classic repertoire has enjoyed continuous fame since its opening.
The story’s background has origins in longstanding Russian and regional myths and tales. The ballet has familiar themes such as “the evil magician,” “the tragic heroine,” and “the tragic love,” found in many time-honored fairy tales.
This classic is being performed at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House. The Bardavon is a nonprofit corporation of New York State with both an orchestra and two historic theaters under its purview. Along with its strong theater presence, the Bardavon also offers community outreach in the form of educational programs. It began in 1869 as the Collingwood Opera House and served its time as a movie palace and a cinema. The stage has been graced by entertainment’s greats from Harry Belafonte to Patti Smith. The Bardavon also has the distinction of being the oldest operating theater in the state of New York.
About Swan Lake
Swan Lake is the story of Princess Odette, the tragic heroine at odds with fate, who only finds peace in the afterlife. The ballet has many traditional-tragic elements that hearken back to its folktale origins: sad, gentle-hearted heroine, Odette, is victimized by the evil magician, Von Rothbart; unrequited love from the handsome Prince Siegfried; and jealous female counterpart, Von Rothbart’s daughter, Odile.
Odette is transformed into a swan by Von Rothbart. As a swan by day and girl at night, she lives on an enchanted lake made by her mother’s tears after Von Rothbart kidnapped her beautiful daughter. Swan Lake is a ballet-tragedy of Romeo and Juliet magnitude with stunning choreography – dancing that draws the audience in, telling the emotional story through the medium of ballet. This moving classic is performed by the Russian Grand Ballet, a premier company with performers from top institutions and academies from Kiev, Moscow, and St. Petersburg.
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