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EL PASO, TX – The Russian Ballet Theatre is pleased to present one breathtaking new production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake on Tuesday, October 15 at 7PM at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Detailed hand-painted sets and added choreography accent the production with and hand-sewn costumes following designs originally envisioned by the great theater masters combine the new as well as time-honored Russian traditions. This marks the first time the Russian Ballet Theatre has ever performed in El Paso.
Choreographer Nadezhda Kalinina (Mariinsky Theatre, Omsk State Music Theatre, Teatro Lirico ) retouches the oldest St. Petersburg version of the ballet. With a new prologue, she offers explanation for the wrath of evil sorcerer Rothbart, undoubtedly leaving the audience flushed with emotion.
Equally fascinating is the work of young, accomplished designer Sergei Novikov (Mariinsky Theatre, Omsk State Music Theatre, St. Petersburg State Music Hall Theatre) who has perfected not only intricate new sets, but also 150 costumes that bring fresh representation to this ballet.
Award-winning Irina Strukova, known for her film makeup creations (Netflix, HBO, Crazy Rich Asians), has created hair designs and special effects makeup, that together with the costumes, further the artistry of the ballet.
Prima Ballerina Olga Kifyak will dance the lead roles of Odette (The White Swan) and Odile (The Black Swan). Many ballerinas proclaim Swan Lake as the highlight of their career. She says, “Dancing the lead in Swan Lake is like climbing Mt. Everest.” At one point, the Black Swan performs 32 fouettés!
The Russian Ballet Theatre’s has collaborated this year with the Plus 1 Initiative which raises funds to bring teacher classroom dreams to life. Through DonorsChoose.org, $1 of each ticket sale will go towards funding El Paso public school needs.
Tickets for Russian Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake go on sale to the general public on May 13 at 10AM and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com and at the Plaza Theatre Box Office.
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