Valery Gergiev, Artistic Director
Yuri Fateev, Deputy Director of the Ballet Company
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
Choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov (1895)
Revised choreography and stage direction by Konstantin Sergeyev (1950)
Libretto by Vladimir Begichev and Vasily Geltser
"A sublime account of the world's best-loved ballet"
"A vision of Romantic ballet heaven… Tchaikovsky never had it so good."
--San Francisco Chronicle
St. Petersburg's historic Mariinsky Ballet--one of the most influential classical companies for more than two and a half centuries--returns with Konstantin Sergeyev's bewitching 1950 production of Swan Lake, based on Petipa and Ivanov's immortal 1895 masterpiece and danced to Tchaikovsky's glorious score.
The Los Angeles Times proclaims: "Swan Lake, in the hands of the Mariinsky Ballet, is an experience of classicism that few can duplicate"--from the tender romance that blossoms between Odette and Prince Siegfried by a moonlit lake to the seductive "Black Swan" pas de deux featuring Odette's nemesis Odile. With their unparalleled upper-body elegance and beautiful arms, the Mariinsky corps de ballet's formations of ghostly swans are a must-see experience in a production where the forces of evil are no match for true love.
PRINCIPAL CASTING (subject to change)
Tue., Jan. 28, Fri., Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. & Sun., Feb. 2 at 1:30 p.m.
Alina Somova, Vladimir Shklyarov
Wed., Jan 29 at 7:30 p.m. & Sat., Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Anastasia Kolegova, Maxim Zyuzin
Thu., Jan. 30, Sat., Feb. 1 at 1:30 p.m.
Olga Esina, Timur Askerov
Standing-room tickets: A limited number of standing-room tickets ($40 each, up to 2 tickets) will be available each day beginning at 10 a.m. on the day of the performance (10 a.m. Saturday for all weekend performances) by visiting the Box Office or calling InstantCharge at (202) 467-4600 (not available online).
Performance Timing: Approximately 3 hours, including two 20-minute intermissions: Act I - 70 min.; Act II - 40 min.; Act III - 20 min.