See the world from your seat in the Stafford Centre and Wortham Center’s Cullen Theatres as the fall season 2017 offerings take on an international flair, such as classical presentation of the Swan Lake by the Russian Grand Ballet in October.
This full-length classical production features the rarely seen Waltz of Black Swans, and marks the first time the Russian Grand Ballet has ever performed in Houston.
Swan Lake features the story of Odette, a beautiful princess, who falls under the spell of an evil sorcerer. Only Prince Siegfried’s devotion can save her. Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake combines pure romanticism and tragedy, in a magical tale of love and deception.
The star of the show is a Prima ballerina Olga Kifyak, dancing the lead as the Black Swan Odile and the White Swan Odette. This demanding part is undoubtedly a highlight of any ballerina’s career, Kifyak admits: “it’s been said that dancing the lead in Swan Lake is like climbing Mount Everest, or playing Hamlet. I dance two roles — the black swan and the white swan — and both birds go through a lot: changing from swan to human, falling in love and getting tricked and jilted, not to mention the duets and solos.”
At one point, the Black Swan performs 32 fouettes. Kifyak is well supported by the entire corps de ballet of white swans, who are just magical to watch. Evgeny Svetlitsa dances the lovelorn Prince Siegfried. Not only the technique of his part is a challenge, but also the psychological aspect of the role.
Founded by graduates of the great choreographic academies of Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kiev, and steeped in the history of classical Russian ballet, Russian Grand Ballet has been bringing most beloved full-length classics to audiences around the world since 2005.
Under the leadership of Constantine Pinchuk and award-winning ballet master Andrey Litvinov, the company has expanded to include a corps de ballet of over 50 dancers, joined each year by renowned guest artists dancing principle roles. This year marks the company’s third North American tour and the presentation of two masterworks that define the art form – The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.
Russian Grand Ballet’s Swan Lake
Tickets: Start at $35 for the Stafford show, $27 for the Houston show.
Stafford Centre: Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: StaffordCentre.com / 281-208-6900 / Stafford