American Ballet Theatre: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Choreography by ABT’s Kevin McKenzie 2017 by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
American Ballet Theatre: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake with choreography by ABT’s Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., January 25, 2017 – January 29, 2017.
Prima Ballerina Assoluta Misty Copeland. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
ABT marks its annual engagement with this lavish, romantic tale of ill-fated passion, dreamlike transformation, and ultimate forgiveness set to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and featuring choreography by ABT’s Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie after Petipa and Ivanov.
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
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.”
“Gorgeous… a radiant eyeful. A marvel to witness.” —The Washington Post
“A blockbuster production… its sheer opera-house spectacle is a hit.” —The New York Times
For the roles of Odette-Odile and Prince Siegfried (subject to change):
Wed., Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Hee Seo, Cory Stearns
Thu., Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Gillian Murphy, Marcelo Gomes
Fri., Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Misty Copeland, Herman Cornejo
Sat., Jan. 28 at 1:30 p.m.
Veronika Part, James Whiteside
Sat., Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Isabella Boylston, Alban Lendorf*
Sun., Jan. 29 at 1:30 p.m.
Devon Teuscher*, Marcelo Gomes
Sun., Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Misty Copeland, Herman Cornejo
Prima Ballerina Assoluta Misty Copeland and supermodel Alek Wek, Re-Tweet, 2014. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
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Sources: American Ballet Theatre, The Kennedy Center