Hurry as there are only a few tickets left for the Bolsoi Ballet’s “Swan Lake” performance at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
The ninth season of Glorya Kaufman presents Dance at the Music Center will conclude with Bolshoi Ballet’s “Swan Lake” staged by Yuri Grigorovich after Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov and Alexander Gorsky, music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with live orchestra for five performances only June 7-10. Sergei Filin is the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet.
The scenario, initially in four acts, was fashioned from Western European romantic novellas. It tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. The ballet received its premiere in 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow as “The Lake of the Swans.” Although “Swan Lake” is presented in many different versions, most ballet companies base their stagings both choreographically and musically on the 1895 revival of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, first staged for the Imperial Ballet on Jan. 15, 1895 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia has always been, and remains, one of the main symbols of Russia’s state and its culture. It is Russia’s main national theatre, a bearer of the traditions of Russian music culture and a center of world music culture, the spearhead of the development of the country’s performing arts.
Under the leadership of general director Anatoly Iksanov, the Bolshoi theater managed not only to fulfill the reconstruction of its historical house but also to enlarge its repertoire and to invite numerous outstanding artists to the theater, such as Aleksei Ratmansky, who was the artistic director of Bolshoi ballet and staged numerous original works for the company.
An inherent part of the Theatre’s activities is the presentation of concerts of symphony and chamber works, and of operas in concert performance, thus acquainting the public with works of all music genres.
Now that the Bolshoi Theatre has two stages at its disposal, one of them its legendary historic Main Stage which is at last back in action again, it hopes to fulfill its mission with an even greater degree of success, steadily extending the sphere of its influence at home and throughout the world.
Music Center Dance Information Line (213) 972-0711.