LBC’s production of Swan Lake.
“The Company not only offers a professional dance experience regionally,
but also nationally and internationally through touring. The young dancers receive practical theatrical experience in a professional dance environment.”
LBC is excited to unveil its Ballet Season for 2017-2018 this summer.
More details to follow!
With stirring music, beautiful costumes, gifted guest artists, talented principal dancers, and the precision of the corps de ballet, Swan Queen Odette’s timeless story of romance, betrayal and forgiveness will be brought to life. Composed in 1875 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as a commission by the Russian Imperial Theatres in Moscow, Swan Lake continues to be a much loved favorite to this day.
Swan Lake begins as Prince Siegfried, heir to the kingdom, is celebrating his 21st birthday. Guests are greeted by the Court Jester. Young maidens from the castle’s neighborhood perform a dance to honor the prince. His friend, Benno, dances a pas de trois with two of the young maidens. At the height of the festivities, the queen enters in a ceremonial procession and presents Siegfried with a crossbow for his birthday and expresses to him her wish that he select a bride. Upset that he cannot marry for love, Siegfried escapes into the forest at night.
Finding himself alone near a mist laden lake, Siegfried begins to draw his bow aiming at a flock of elegant white swans. As he readies himself for their landing by the lakeside, one comes into view. He stops and sees before him a beautiful creature dressed in white feathers, more woman than swan. Enamored, the two dance and Siegfried learns that the swan maiden is the princess Odette. An evil sorcerer, Baron von Rothbart, captured her and used his magic to turn Odette into a swan by day and woman at night. As they dance by the moonlit lake, Siegfried professes his love to Odette, an act that could render the sorcerer’s spell powerless. Von Rothbart suddenly appears and whisks the group of swans away.
Amid the regal opulence of the queen’s court, Siegfried awaits the procession of princesses, one of whom he must choose for his bride. Delegations from Hungary, Spain, Italy, and Poland take turns performing their national dances: a Czardas, a Bolero, a Tarantella, and a Mazurka hoping to win his approval and love, but none is successful. Suddenly von Rothbart arrives with his own daughter, Odile. The prince is tricked and mistakes her for Odette. He dances with her and proclaims to the court that he intends to make her his bride while a heartbroken Odette appears in the background.
In a clearing near the lake, the swans mourn the deception played upon Siegfried and on their own fate. As von Rothbart watches, Siegfried finds Odette in the middle of the swans and begs her forgiveness. Odette forgives Siegfried for his betrayal. A battle ensues between Siegfried and von Rothbart and Siegfried destroys his power. The lovers are reunited. Siegfried and Odette’s triumph of lasting love succeeds in breaking von Rothbart’s magical spell and he perishes.
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