PEMBROKE — The renowned Russian National Ballet Theatre brings its production of Swan Lake to Givens Performing Arts Center, located on the campus of University of North Carolina at Pembroke, on March 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Swan Lake is among ballet’s great classics, with choreography by Peptipa and a score by Tchaikovsy. The full-length ballet is set in four acts and tells the love story of Princess Odette, who is cursed to spend her days as a swan and her nights as a human. Only true love can reverse the curse.
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 legendary Bolshoi Theater principal dancer Elena Radchenko became the founder of the Russian National Ballet Theatre and, in 1994, she was selected to be the first permanent artistic director of the company. Since then, the Russian National Ballet is one of the leading Russian ballet companies, known around the world.
Tickets range from $21 to $41 with group discounts for 10 or more.
For tickets, call the Givens Performing Arts Center box office at 910-521-6361. Tickets can also be purchased online at uncp.edu/gpactickets.