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Swan Lake

Mother's Day Weekend

Get Tickets The Long Center
8pm | May 8 * Audio description by VSA Texas available for this show
2pm | May 9
8pm | May 9 *
3pm | May 10 *

* Sold Out Performance

Join us Mother's Day weekend for the exquisite and iconic classic... Swan Lake. It's the timeless tale of love and loss on everyone's "ballet bucket list."

Performing ballets on Mother's day weekend has become a Ballet Austin tradition, and offers everyone a unique and special way to spend Mother's day.

The Opening Night in Black & White takes place Friday May 8, from 6-11 p.m. Pick a color and show your true nature at the official kick-off to Ballet Austin's production of the world's most famous ballet, Swan Lake. Dress in black, or white-or both-and help us celebrate the end of our magical 2014/15 Season!

Come early, stay late and get your groove on, as Ballet Austin lights up the Long Center with a live DJ and luscious illuminations on the Terrace, a massive red carpet entry, specialty cocktails and black-and-white theming reminiscent of the iconic swans Odette and Odile.

Are you a White Swan or a Black Swan? Nice or naughty? Sweet or sensual? Innocent or passionate? Show us your #InnerSwan.

Choreography by Marius Petipa & Lev Ivanov
Music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky
live accompaniment from the Austin Symphony Orchestra



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Program Notes



Synopsis

Act I

During a hunt, Prince Siegfried sees a beautiful white swan adorned with a crown. Magically, she transforms into a woman before his eyes. She is Odette, the Swan Queen. Odette explains to Siegfried that she and other maidens like her are under the spell of Von Rothbart, an evil sorcerer. Under his wicked enchantment, she may only return to her original human form for the brief time between midnight and dawn. To break the spell, a man must swear his eternal love to her. Struck by this confession, Prince Siegfried promises to rescue Odette with a pledge of love. Odette replies that this is impossible, but Prince Siegfried declares that he will not marry another, and that he will release her from the spell with his pledge. As dawn breaks, the lovely apparition fades away.

Act II
Scene I

The next evening, an engagement party is being held at the castle. Prince Siegfried will choose his future princess. He and his family are being entertained with dances from around the world. Suddenly a mysterious creature appears at the palace. Prince Siegfried believes the creature to be Odette, but she is Von Rothbart's daughter, Odile, whom her father has transformed in Odette's likeness. Prince Siegfried, blinded by love, mistakenly asks for Odile's hand in marriage. The spell is broken and Von Rothbart triumphs.

Act II
Scene 2

Prince Siegfried runs to the lake to find Odette. He finds her weeping for her lost love. Consumed with remorse, Prince Siegfried begs her to forgive him but it is too late. Von Rothbart removes Odette from the Prince forever.



History

Swan Lake is one of the most popular classical ballets with one of the world's most recognizable scores.

According to dance critic Elizabeth Kendall, "The names on the libretto are Vladimir Begichev (then director of the Bolshoi) and Vasily Geltzer (a Bolshoi dancer and rehearsal master whose daughter later danced the role of Odette-Odile in the United States premiere of the ballet.) But history says that a small group of people wrote the story, friends who met regularly at Begachev's house, a Moscow salon. Some were St. Petersburgers in exile, including Tchaikovsky, who was among the regulars. In fact, some historians believe Tchaikovsky was the main Swan Lake librettist. First of all, it's a little like Giselle, which was Tchaikovsky's favorite ballet. Like Giselle, it's set in medieval Germany with a prince who betrays a girl. Moreover, the characters' names are not Russian but German." (Kendall, Mysteries of Swan Lake, PBS.org)

In 1875, Begichev commissioned Tchaikovsky to compose a score for the ballet The Lake of the Swan/Swan Lake. Notably, Swan Lake was the first ballet set to a score by a symphonic composer. Prior to this, scores for ballets were almost always written by composers known as "specialists" - composers who were highly skilled at scoring the light, decorative, melodious, and rhythmically clear music that was at that time in vogue for ballet.

Tchaikovsky was heavily influenced by the score for Giselle written in 1844, which featured the use of the technique known as leitmotif (associating certain themes with certain characters or moods). This was a technique he would use in Swan Lake, and later, The Sleeping Beauty.

The very first version of Swan Lake premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on March 4, 1877 with choreography by Julius Reisinger and music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky. This initial production was supplanted by a new version with choreography by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa, which was presented for the ?rst time in a complete, four-act production at the Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on February 8, 1895, with Pierina Legnani in the double role of Odette-Odile (Balanchine and Mason, 101 Stories of the Great Ballets.) It is because of Legnani that the 32 fouettés performed by Odile were included in the ballet - Legnani first performed them in Petipa's Cinderella, and he included them for her in Swan Lake as well.

The ballet's United States premiere took place at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York on December 20, 1911, with Catherine Geltzer as Odette-Odile, Mikhail Mordkin as Prince Siegfried, and Alexandre Volinene as Benno. This version was staged by Mordkin and based on the Ivanov-Petipa choreography. (Balanchine and Mason, 101 Stories of the Great Ballets.)

The Ivanov-Petipa production has formed the basis of most subsequent stagings around the world. Most current versions of Swan Lake retain the core of what is considered the original Ivanov-Petipa choreography.

Ballet Austin first performed Swan Lake in September 1999 and again in May 2005 at the Bass Concert Hall in Austin, TX. The company performed Swan Lake Act II (the White Act) in October 2009 at the Long Center.



Music

Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Maestro Peter Bay



Costumes

Scenery & Costumes by David Walker. Additional costumes and scenery courtesy of Boston Ballet.



Sets

Production Design: David Walker
Lighting: Tony Tucci




Cast & Credits


Cast

Odette/Odile
Ashley Lynn Sherman* / Aara Krumpe**

Siegfried
Paul Michael Bloodgood* / Frank Shott**

Von Rothbart
Edward Carr

Benno
James Fuller

Hunters
Ian J. Bethany
Orlando Julius Canova
Oliver Greene-Cramer
Preston Andrew Patterson

Huntresses
Kimberly Brubacher
Lynette Garcia

Little swans
Grace Morton
Oren Porterfield
Michelle Thompson
Jaime Lynn Witts

Big swans
Rebecca Johnson
Brittany Strickland

Swans
Bailey Anglin
Alexis Caruso
Abby Chen
Rachael Hanlon
Kristen Patrick
Elise Pekarek
Rosie Grady Sayvetz
Rayleigh Vendt
Elizabeth Webb
Cassia Wilson

Queen
Anne Marie Melendez

Fiancées
Rebecca Johnson* / Elise Pekarek**
Grace Morton
Brittany Strickland
Michelle Thompson* / Oren Porterfield**
Rosie Grady Sayvetz
Rayleigh Vendt

Fandango
Elise Pekarek and Christopher Swaim* /
Rebecca Johnson and James Fuller**

Czardas
Jaime Lynn Witts and Orlando Julius Canova

Bailey Anglin
Alexis Caruso
Kristen Patrick
Oliver Greene-Cramer
James Fuller* / Christopher Swaim**
Preston Andrew Patterson* / Ian J. Bethany**

Neapolitan
Oren Porterfield and Ian J. Bethany* /
Michelle Thompson and Preston Andrew Patterson**


*Friday Evening & Saturday Matinee
** Saturday Evening & Sunday Matinee



Artist Profiles


Director's Notes


Reviews


Events


Family Dance Workshop
Sun April 26, 2015
2:30 - 3:45
Ballet Austin's AustinVentures StudioTheater

Ballet Austin dancers lead groups in movement exercises to learn short pieces of choreography that build understanding of and appreciation for techniques essential to the production. There's fun for everyone involved whether you're moving on the stage or interacting from your seat! Recommended for children 3 to 12 years old and their family members. Learn more or sign up.

Studio Spotlight
Thurs April 30, 2015
12 - 12:45pm or 6 - 7pm
Ballet Austin's AustinVentures StudioTheater Watch a professional dance company in action during these performance previews. Up-close, personal, and informal, Studio Spotlight gives guests a preview of the choreography and elements from the upcoming production while it is still in the works accompanied by a brief lecture and Q & A with Artistic Director Stephen Mills and company dancers. Free. Learn more or sign up.

Opening Night in Black & White

Are you a White Swan or a Black Swan? Nice or naughty? Sweet or sensual? Innocent or passionate?

Pick a color and show your true nature through OPENING NIGHT IN BLACK & WHITE, the official kick-off to Ballet Austin's production of the world's most famous ballet, Swan Lake. Dress in black, or white-or both-and help us celebrate the end of our magical 2014/15 Season!

OPENING NIGHT IN BLACK & WHITE takes place Friday, May 8, from 7-11 p.m. Come early, stay late and get your groove on, as Ballet Austin lights up the Long Center with a live DJ and luscious illuminations on the Terrace, a massive red carpet entry, specialty cocktails and black-and-white theming reminiscent of the iconic swans Odette and Odile.

The official kick-off to Ballet Austin's production of Swan Lake
Friday, May 8, from 7-11 p.m.
The Long Center
For tickets starting at $15, visit balletaustin.org.

Footlights
One hour prior to the evening performances May 8 - 9
The Long Center

Enhance your experience at the ballet with a pre-show lecture and Q&A for all ages. Ballet Austin's Education staff gives a short, informal, interactive presentation on the historical, creative, and technical elements of the production. Free for ticket holders. Learn more.

Footlights for Families
One hour prior to the matinee performances May 9 - 10
The Long Center

Bring your entire family to Footlights for Families. This fun-packed session blends information from our regular pre-show talk with activities and stories you won't hear anywhere else. Audience members of all ages are welcome to attend, but the focus during this session is on families with children ages 3 - 12! Free for ticket holders. Learn More.

Crew Call
45 minutes prior to all performances May 8 - 10
The Long Center

Children ages 10-15 join us backstage for a tour just before the curtain rises as the crew prepares the stage for the performance. More information or to join.

Petite Partners
Immediately following the matinee performance on May 10
The Long Center

Children ages 3-9 join us for a party including autograph and photo opportunities with the dancers in costume immediately following the performance. More information or to join.

The Long Center
8pm | May 8Audio description by VSA Texas available for this show
2pm | May 9
8pm | May 9
3pm | May 10

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Sponsored by:
Swan Lake Underwriter:
   Sponsored by:
Clara & Paul Bancroft
Paula & Bob Boldt
Sarah & Ernest Butler Family Fund
Terry & Nikki Bryant Irion
James C. Armstrong & Larry Connelly
Ann & Jim Downing
Dr. Harvey Evans & Gloria Evans
Heather & Alex Ladage
Mr. & Mrs. Joe R. Long
Judy & Michael Matula
Anne & Cord Shiflet
Cathy & Dwight Thompson
Peter Schram & Harry Ullmann
Tom & Sally Welch
 
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