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Swan Lake

Mother's Day Weekend

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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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."

This celebrated love story, infused with magic and intrigue from the innocence of the lovely Odette to the passion of Black Swan, Odile, provides all the magic of the world of ballet. Sweeping sets and costumes, breathtaking moments with the corps de ballet, and add the timeless Tchaikovsky score for the perfect way to close our season.

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. Swan Lake will be performed with live accompaniment from the Austin Symphony Orchestra and will feature some of Ballet Austin's most promising stars.

Choreography by Marius Petipa & Lev Ivanov
Music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky


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Program Notes


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.



Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Maestro Peter Bay


Costumes and scenery courtesy of Texas Ballet Theater.


Production Design: David Walker
Lighting: Tony Tucci

Cast & Credits


Ashley Lynn Sherman* / Aara Krumpe**

Paul Michael Bloodgood* / Frank Shott**

Von Rothbart
Edward Carr

James Fuller

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

Kimberly Brubacher
Lynette Garcia

Little swans
Grace Morton
Oren Porterfield
Michelle Thompson
Jaime Lynn Witts

Big swans
Rebecca Johnson
Brittany Strickland

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

Anne Marie Melendez

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

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

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**

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



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.

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

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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