(ATLANTIC CITY, NJ) -- Of all the great classics, Swan Lake remains the quintessential ballet of all time. It is the story of romance, sorcery and betrayal, and centered on one of life’s most recognizable themes, the struggle between good and evil. The Atlantic City Ballet is bringing this timeless classic to the stage as the grand finale of their 2016/2017 season on Sunday, May 21 at 4:00pm. The performance takes place at Circus Maximus Theater inside Caesars Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. Tickets are $45 for adults and $20 for children and students.
Swan Lake follows the plight of Prince Siegfried who is captivated by the beautiful Swan Queen Odette at their first lakeside meeting. Under the spell of Von Rothbart, an evil spirit, she can only return to her human form at night. Odette’s spell can be broken only if one who has never loved before swears to love Odette forever. One of the most famous and frequently performed works in the international repertoire, Swan Lake was first performed at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow in 1877, with a specially commissioned score by Tchaikovsky. The production was not an overwhelming success at its premiere but has since become a fixture for ballet companies across the globe.
Founded in 1982, by International Ballerina, Phyllis Papa, the Atlantic City Ballet is comprised of professional dancers from around the world and have earned national acclaim for their technical expertise and exuberant stage presence. Although their home base is in Historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, the Ballet has performed in theaters all along the east coast. Their repertoire of original works includes such classics as A Midsummer Night's Dream, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake but Ms. Papa is most known for her innovative works such as Dracula, Caught Up In The Swing and her full length Carmen. Ms. Papa infuses Atlantic City Ballet's production of Swan Lake with a new passion that embodies all the beauty, strength, and grace of classical ballet.
Since its inception, the Atlantic City Ballet has served as one of the cultural treasures of New Jersey and continues a tradition of dance excellence for future generations of ballet audiences. For more on the company visit www.acballet.org.