The Russian National Ballet Brings The World's Most Beloved Ballet SWAN LAKE To The McCallum

The Russian National Ballet Brings The World's Most Beloved Ballet SWAN LAKE To The McCallum

The McCallum Theatre presents the Russian National Ballet in a full-length performance in four acts of Swan Lake on Tuesday, February 5, at 8:00pm. Presented by a vibrant company dedicated to the timeless tradition of classical Russian ballet,Swan Lake tells the story of a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse. The Russian National Ballet brings the world's most beloved ballet gloriously to life with Tchaikovsky's classic score. Swan Lake premiered in 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union's ballet institutions were exercising their new-found creative freedom by starting new, vibrant companies dedicated not only to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet but to invigorate this tradition as the Russians began to accept new developments in the dance from around the world.

The company, then titled the Soviet National Ballet, was founded by and incorporated graduates from the great Russian choreographic schools of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Perm. The principal dancers of the company came from the upper ranks of the great ballet companies and academies of Russia, and the companies of Riga, Kiev and even Warsaw. Today, the Russian National Ballet Theatre is its own institution, with over 50 dancers of singular instruction and vast experience, many of whom have been with the company since its inception.

In 1994, the legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko was selected by Presidential decree to assume the first permanent artistic directorship of the company. Ms. Radchenko is the founder of the Russian National Ballet Theatre, and she has focused the Company on upholding the grand national tradition of the major Russian ballet works and developing new talents throughout Russia, with a repertory of virtually all of the great full works of Petipa: Don Quixote, La Bayadere, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Raymonda, Paquita, Coppelia and La Sylphide, as well as productions of, among others, The Nutcracker, Sylvia, and La Fille Mal Gardee.

Swan Lake is performed to recorded music.

Tickets for this performance are priced at $85, $65, $55 and $35. Tickets are available at the Theatre's website at or by calling the McCallum Theatre Box Office at (760) 340-2787.

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