“Swan Lake,” Tchaikovsky’s ballet masterpiece returns for a live broadcast from Moscow to the Sunrise Theater Sunday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. The Bolshoi performance is technically challenging and filled with vibrant emotion, with a stunning and world-famous corps de ballet in perfect unison. Despite its initial failure, “Swan Lake” is now one of the most popular ballets of all time.
Based on Russian and German folktales, “Swan Lake” is the legendary love story between Prince Siegfried and Odette, a princess who has been turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse.
“Swan Lake” was composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1875–76 and premiered on March 4, 1877, at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. Critics said Tchaikovsky’s score was noisy, symphonic and too complicated for ballet. They felt the choreography was unimaginative and unmemorable. In 1880 a new production was presented which allowed the ballet to continue performances until 1883.
While working on plans to revive “Swan Lake,” Tchaikovsky died on Nov. 6, 1893, before finishing. Throughout the performance history of “Swan Lake,” the 1895 edition has served as the version, which most performances have been based. In 1940 the San Francisco Ballet became the first American company to stage a complete production of “Swan Lake.” It was enormously popular and successful.
Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema is an initiative to bring world-class ballet, direct from the legendary Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, exclusively to cinema audiences around the world.
“The Sunrise Theater is proud to bring these incredibly beautiful performances to the community,” says a spokesman.
Each production features a complete performance plus behind‐the‐scenes, interviews with cast and creative teams and other bonus content. The 2019-2020 season continues with “Romeo and Juliet” March 29, and “Jewels” on April 19.
Tickets to the Bolshoi performances on the Sunrise screen are $25 and are available at SunriseTheater.com, at the Sunrise office or by calling (910) 692-3611. Group and student discounts are also available by calling the Sunrise.