The Russian Ballet Theatre is pleased to present one breathtaking new production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake on Friday, March 11, 2022 at Hattiesburg’s Historic Saenger Theater. It is all of the splendor which has mesmerized ballet audiences for over a century, plus a bit more. Gorgeous detailed hand painted sets and added choreography accent the production. Radiant hand sewn 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 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. Prima Ballerina Olga Kifyak will dance the lead roles of Odette (The White Swan) and Odile (The Black Swan). Many ballerinas proclaim Swan Lake as the highlight of their career. Ms.Kifyak says, “Dancing the lead in Swan Lake is like climbing Mt. Everest.” At one point, the Black Swan performs 32 fouettés! Part of the company’s 2022 tour, tickets for this performance of Swan Lake range from $25.00 to $75.00 and will go on sale Friday, July 30. Tickets are available online at www.hattiesburgsaenger.com, or in person at Hattiesburg’s Historic Saenger Theater’s box office.
Swan Lake range from $25.00 to $75.00 and will go on sale Friday, July 30. Tickets are available online at www.hattiesburgsaenger.com, or in person at Hattiesburg’s Historic Saenger Theater’s box office