Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Kansas City, Missouri
Friday, 25 January 2013 - 7:30 PM
The beloved story ballet, Swan Lake, will be danced by the Russian National Ballet Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 25, at Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (1601 Broadway St.), in downtown Kansas City, Mo.
The Russian National Ballet Theatre has become a mainstay ensemble for the Harriman-Jewell Series in recent years: Swan Lake in 1999, La Bayadère in 2006, “Great Moments from Russian Ballets” in 2009, and Romeo and Juliet in 2011. “Russia may have lost the Cold War, but it’s still the unquestioned superpower of the ballet world,” the Kansas City Star’s Lisa Jo Sagolla wrote in praise of the company. The 50-member ensemble is led by Elena Radchenko, a former principal dancer with Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet.
The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union's ballet institutions were exercising their new-found creative freedom by starting new, vibrant companies dedicated not only to the timeless tradition of classical Russian ballet but also to invigorate this tradition as the Russians began to accept new developments in dance from around the world.
Original choreography for Swan Lake was created by dance legend Marius Petipa in 1877. The lush score was composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and was fashioned from Russian folk tales. The ballet tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. Swan Lake is considered by many to be one of the greatest classical ballets of all time; its romance and beauty has mesmerized audiences for 135 years.
Marcia Karbank and Joe Smuckler
Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Swan Lake (Petipa/Ivanov)
Ensemble: Russian National Ballet Theatre