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American Ballet Theatre: Kevin McKenzie's Swan Lake

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - Sunday, January 29, 2017

Ballet & Contemporary Dance Ballet

ABT marks its annual engagement with this lavish, romantic tale of ill-fated passion, dreamlike transformation, and ultimate forgiveness set to Tchaikovsky's glorious score and featuring choreography by Kevin McKenzie after Petipa and Ivanov.

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Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography by Kevin McKenzie, after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Sets and costumes by Zack Brown
Lighting by Duane Schuler
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
"A blockbuster production… its sheer opera-house spectacle is a hit."
--The New York Times

"Gorgeous… a radiant eyeful. A marvel to witness."
--The Washington Post

ABT rekindles Washington's love affair with Kevin McKenzie's magnificent production of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet--a glorious fable of dreamlike transformation, mistaken identity, and ill-fated passion that premiered in 2000. Beyond its sweeping grandeur and captivating storytelling, what keeps ballet aficionados coming back, and new audiences eager to fall under its spell, is the exciting slate of dancers cast for each new engagement from ABT's world-renowned roster of stars, which will be announced closer to the date of their visit.
Of all the cherished works performed by ABT today, Swan Lake remains the quintessential ballet, featuring breathtaking choreography perfectly tailored to the company's powerhouse talents--combined with glorious music and magnificent sets and costumes evoking a Renaissance court at a lakeside castle. The Washington Post proclaims, ABT's Swan Lake is "a spectacle of shimmering light that builds in force until its most luminescent moment: the moonlit entrance of the enchanted Princess Odette."


For the roles of Odette-Odile, Prince Siegfried, and von Rothbart (subject to change):

Wed., Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Hee Seo, Cory Stearns, Thomas Forster
Thu., Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Devon Teuscher*, Marcelo Gomes, Alban Lendorf*
Fri., Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Misty Copeland, Herman Cornejo, Alexandre Hammoudi
Sat., Jan. 28 at 1:30 p.m.
Veronika Part, James Whiteside, Cory Stearns
Sat., Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Isabella Boylston, Alban Lendorf*, Thomas Forster
Sun., Jan. 29 at 1:30 p.m.
Devon Teuscher, Marcelo Gomes, Calvin Royal III*
Sun., Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Misty Copeland, Herman Cornejo, Alexandre Hammoudi
*Role debut

Performance Timing: Act One - 64 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act Two - 54 min.