New York City Ballet: Swan Lake
NYCB’s opening night and its Friday evening and Saturday matinee performances will feature the Company’s full-length production of Swan Lake, which has only appeared at SPAC three times and not since 2006. A stunning romantic tragedy, this seminal ballet is shaped by Tschaikovsky’s heartbreakingly beautiful score and the central role of Odette/Odile, an interpretation that is both technically and emotionally demanding.
The story ballet features sets and costumes by Danish artist Per Kirkeby and lighting by NYCB’s Director of Lighting Mark Stanley. While retaining the well-known set pieces from the traditional version by Petipa and Ivanov, NYCB’s full-length Swan Lake is imbued with the speed and clarity that the Company is known for. The lakeside scenes are based on the choreography of Balanchine’s one-act version.