(NEWARK, NJ) -- The Russian Ballet Theatre will present a breathtaking new production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) on Sunday, February 13 at 7:00pm. It is all of the splendor which has mesmerized ballet audiences for over a century, plus a bit more. It delights with new as well as time-honored Russian traditions. Gorgeous detailed hand-painted sets and added choreography accent the production. Radiant costumes following designs originally envisioned by the great theater masters enlighten further.
Choreographer Nadezhda Kalinina (Mariinsky Theatre, Omsk State Music Theatre, Teatro Lirico) lovingly retouches the oldest St. Petersburg version of the ballet. With a new prologue, she offers an 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 exquisite new sets but also 150 gorgeous costumes that bring fresh representation to this timeless ballet.
Irina Strukova’s grand artistry perfects this already magnificent production. Award-winning Strukova, known for her film makeup creations (Netflix, HBO, Crazy Rich Asians), has created hair designs and special effects makeup, that together with the dazzling costumes, further enlighten this whimsical fantasy.
Tickets range from $35 - $135 and are available for purchase online, by calling 888.G.O.NJPAC (888.466.5722) or by visiting the NJPAC Box Office.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located at One Center Street in downtown Newark, N.J., is America’s most diverse performing arts center, and the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey – where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state’s and the world’s best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted nearly 10 million visitors (including over 1.7 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents.