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Event Slides Per Node

  • One male dancer in silver and twelve female dancers in white perform in Swan Lake.
  • Two male dancers and one female dancer from Swan Lake perform.

Moscow Festival Ballet
Swan Lake

7:30 pm Thursday, March 20, 2014

Since its premier at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre in 1877, Swan Lake has engaged generations of ballet dancers and captivated audiences around the world. Moscow Festival Ballet brings the most popular of all classical ballets to Eisenhower Auditorium in a production based on the seminal 1895 choreography of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s heralded score serves as the foundation for the love story of Prince Siegfried, his beloved Swan Queen Odette, and the evil Baron Von Rothbart, a sorcerer who attempts through deception to keep the couple apart and Odette entrapped in his spell. Moscow Festival Ballet, created in 1989 by Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Sergei Radchenko, utilizes the talents of leading dancers from throughout Russia. The company, with Radchenko as artistic director, has toured extensively in Europe and the Far East. This tour of Swan Lake marks the troupe’s sixth visit to the United States.   

Robert and Helen Harvey

Adult $38
University Park Student $15
18 and Younger $24

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Audio Description

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Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for this performance at no extra charge to ticket holders.

Secondary Events on Each Event

Family Movement Workshop

2:00 pm Sunday, March 2, 2014

Stuckeman Family Building first-floor jury space

The Center for the Performing Arts and the Penn State Dance Program collaborate to present a free one-hour movement workshop for children ages 3 to 10, plus their parents and grandparents. Participants can create basic choreography with dance faculty and members of the University Dance Company, explore their relationship to ballet and storytelling, and create costume props to wear during the workshop. Participants, including adults, should wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to dance barefoot or with shoes. No dance experience required. No need to register in advance.

Artistic Viewpoints

6:30 pm Thursday, March 20, 2014

Eisenhower Auditorium

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Alexander Daev, Moscow Festival Ballet assistant artistic director and ballet master, is offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.