Russian Ballet Theatre is bringing a breathtaking new production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake to 52 cities across the United States, including four local stops in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Ballet fans will have the unique opportunity to enjoy this update on a classic, with dates set for Sunday, February 13th in Newark at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC); Tuesday, February 15th in Trenton at the Patriots Theatre at the War Memorial; Wednesday, February 16th in Sewell, South Jersey at Investors Bank Performing Arts Center; and Thursday, February 17th in Reading at the Santander Performing Arts Center.
Tickets are on sale for the one-night only performance in each city. Tickets can be purchased online at www.russianballettheatre.com/tickets.
Russian Ballet Theatre is thrilled to hit the road and tour with Swan Lake for the first time since 2019. Swan Lake is presented by Co-Producers Sasha Gorskaya and Gulya Hartwick. The production team includes Choreographer Nadezhda Kalinina, Production Designer Sergey Novikov, SFX Makeup Designer Irina Strukova, and Principal Ballet Mistress Tatyana Linnik. Prima Ballerina Olga Kifyak will dance the lead roles of Odette (The White Swan) and Odile (The Black Swan) - a unique and bold casting choice for the American 2022 tour. The cast also includes the amazing talents of Evgeny Svetlitsa as Prince Siegfried, Mikhail Ovcharov as Jester, Vasili Bogdan as Rothbart.
In Swan Lake, one of Tchaikovsky's most ravishing scores is paired with an enchanted love story inspired by Russian and German folk tales. On his 21st birthday, Prince Siegfried is told he must marry from an array of princesses selected for him. Upset that he is not being allowed to marry for love, Siegfried escapes into the night where he spies and becomes smitten with the beautiful swan princess Odette. Will the two be able to break the curse that has made her a swan or will the conniving sorcerer Rothbart thwart their plans to be together forever?
Russian Ballet Theatre's production of Swan Lake is replete with the visual splendor and virtuoso dancing global audiences have come to expect from classical Russian dance. The 2022 tour delights by pairing time-honored Russian traditions with some delightful new inspirations.
“Although we are telling the classic story of Swan Lake, there are tweaks here and there that make the show new and exciting,” said co-producer Gulya Hartwick. “We have all new choreography. Usually there is one jester, we have five of them. We did what we could to make the production more lively and more colorful.”
Choreographer Nadezhda Kalinina (Mariinsky Theatre, Teatro Lirico, Omsk State Music Theatre) has lovingly retouched the oldest St. Petersburg version of the ballet, adding her vision - and something more - that will undoubtedly leave audiences flushed with emotion. With a new prologue, she offers an explanation for the wrath of evil sorcerer Rothbart, undoubtedly leaving the audience ready to dive into the action and beauty of the piece.
RBT's international ballet corps will draw talent from ten different countries for this new tour. The dancers will bring Kalinina's choreography to life along with new exquisite hand-painted sets and 150 new hand-sewn costumes, all designed by the young, accomplished Sergei Novikov (Mariinsky Theatre, Omsk State Music Theatre, St. Petersburg State Music Hall) in the century-old tradition of the great theatrical masters.
Award-winner Irina Strukova’s grand artistry will give a magical touch to this already magnificent production. Known for her film makeup creations (Netflix, HBO, Crazy Rich Asians), Strukova has created hair designs and special effects makeup that, together with the dazzling costumes, further enlighten this whimsical and glittering fantasy.
Prima Ballerina Olga Kifyak will dance the lead roles of Odette (The White Swan) and Odile (The Black Swan). This is a major feat as many productions feature two dancers playing the two roles. Kifyak said, "Swan Lake is a challenging ballet to dance. I dance two roles, opponent to each other. In act one, you see gentle Odette - the purity, modesty, perfection. So, the dance has to look light and effortless, but that takes a lot - the more delicate it seems, the more substantial power it takes. And then, in Act 3 - Odile comes into the picture. She is a mean character - insidious, sarcastic, reaching for her goal."
She continued, "Almost all theatres have two different dancers playing Odette/Odile. I like dancing in both of these roles. It is fascinating to have an opportunity to be two completely different characters. The acting part is crucial. The audience must believe you; there can't be any movement, mimics, or facial expression flaws of the character."
The talented cast also include leads Evgeny Svetlitsa as Prince Siegfried, Mikhail Ovcharov as Jester, and Vasili Bogdan as Rothbart.
Tickets for performances listed below are available at www.russianballettheatre.com/tickets and also by visiting Ticketmaster. All venues offer onsite or nearby parking. All venues are accessible by public transportation.
VENUE AND SHOW INFORMATION
Swan Lake will come to Newark at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Sunday, February 13th, with showtime set for 7:00pm. Tickets range from $35 to $135. Please see updated health and safety protocols for this venue on their website at www.njpac.org. New Jersey Performing Arts Center is located at 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ 07102.
On Tuesday, February 15th, Swan Lake will dance into Trenton, New Jersey with a stop at Patriots Theater at the War Memorial. Showtime is 7:30pm. Tickets range from $35 to $90. Please see updated health and safety protocols for this venue on their website at https://www.nj.gov/state/memorial/. Patriots Theater at the War Memorial is located at 1 Memorial Drive, Trenton, NJ 08608.
On Wednesday, February 16th, Swan Lake will come to South Jersey and the Philadelphia region with a one-night only stop in Sewell, New Jersey at Investors Bank Performing Arts Center. This stop is just minutes from South Philly, over the Walt Whitman Bridge, at a venue that is well-known for hosting local and regional dance and ballet recitals and competitions. Showtime for this performance is 7:30pm. Tickets range $39 to $89. The Investors Bank Performing Arts Center is one of the Philadelphia region's largest indoor venues, located at 519 Hurffville-Cross Keys Rd., Sewell, NJ 08080. With 1750 seats on the first floor and 600 seats in the balcony, the Investors Bank Performing Arts Center has hosted a myriad of events over the past 23 years. For venue and health updates, visit https://www.wtps.org/Page/15570.
On Thursday, February 17th, Swan Lake will travel to Reading for one night only at The Santander Performing Arts Center, with showtime set for 7:30pm. Tickets range from $55 to $95 for this performance. Santander Performing Arts Center is located at 136 North 6th Street Reading, PA 19601. For venue information, visit www.santander-arena.com.
Russian Ballet Theatre is a ballet company established to present people with the opportunity to experience the breathtaking beauty of classical Russian ballet in their hometowns. Founded in 2015, the RBT team shares a passion for enriching Russian ballet traditions through brilliant and critically acclaimed new productions of the world classics. RBT has had the honor of successfully performing for large audiences, across the United States, in cities that include New York, Minneapolis, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Colorado Springs, and Baltimore to name a few. The cast consists of professional dancers with years of training at most pristine Russian theaters.