American Repertory Ballet Announces Princeton Ballet School's Spring Production 2013: SWAN LAKE
Princeton Ballet School, the official school of American Repertory Ballet, will present the full-length classical ballet Swan Lake on May 18, 2013 at the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton, NJ. Performances will be at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.
Any enrolled Princeton Ballet School student is able to participate in the annual spring production, including young students in children's ballet levels and adult students in open enrollment classes. All rehearsals take place outside of regular technique classes, as Princeton Ballet School is committed to providing performance opportunities alongside continued technical training.
"The School has been presenting a professional-quality, full-length classical ballet in the spring for over 60 years now," American Repertory Ballet Artistic Director Douglas Martin explains. Martin has also served as a faculty member at Princeton Ballet School, and, before becoming ARB's Artistic Director, was the Ballet Master for the student performing group, ARB Workshop. "It's a great opportunity for students to work together outside of their technique classes, as professional company members do, and to learn the kind of work that goes into presenting such a large-scale production."
"We enjoy continuing this long tradition of adapted full-length ballets in lieu of recitals for the dancers," says Princeton Ballet School Director Mary Pat Robertson. "It's a wonderful opportunity to immerse oneself, even at a young age, into the fully created world of a great work of art, and make that work part of your mental landscape."
This year's production of Swan Lake features original choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, with additional choreography and staging by ARB Workshop Ballet Master Mary Barton, Douglas Martin, ARB Workshop Ballet Master Maria Youskevitch, Mary Pat Robertson, and faculty members Laurie Abramson, Anne Gribbins, Erika Mero, Katie Scibienski, and Cheryl Whitney-Marcuard.
The most advanced ARB Workshop dancers - ARB/Princeton Ballet School Trainees and students of Princeton Ballet School's Professional Training Program (PTP) - have been working intensively with Maria Youskevitch, daughter of 20thCentury premier danseur Igor Youskevitch and 2013 recipient of ARB's Audrée Estey Award for Excellence in Dance Education. Ms. Youskevitch has staged and coached the advanced variations and ensemble dances with careful reverence for the original choreography. After her own professional dance career with American Ballet Theatre, Maryland Ballet, and her father's concert group, Ballet Romantique, Ms. Youskevitch set and coached classical ballets such as Swan Lakefor professional companies throughout the United States and abroad, including at the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow.
The story of Swan Lake centers around Odette, a princess who has been turned into a white swan by the evil sorcerer Rothbart's spell, Siegfried, the Prince who falls in love with her, and Odile, Rothbart's daughter who he disguises as a swan to deceive Siegfried and tragically doom Odette.