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Russian Ballet to present colorful, bold ‘Swan Lake’

Russian Ballet Theatre will present "Swan Lake" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb.
Russian Ballet Theatre will present "Swan Lake" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb.

DeKALB – The Russian Ballet Theatre is bringing a new production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” to the Egyptian Theatre.

The performance is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Tickets cost $35 to $75 and are available online at the Russian Ballet Theatre’s website, russianballettheatre.com, or the Egyptian Theatre’s website, egyptiantheatre.org. The Russian Ballet Theatre has partnered with PLUS1, an initiative that connects artists with causes, so that $1 from every ticket sold will support local public schoolteachers and their classroom projects in DeKalb and surrounding areas through DonorsChoose.org.

Based on a folk tale, “Swan Lake” tells the tragic love story of Prince Siegfried and the Swan Princess Odette, who is cursed to be a swan by day but a young woman at night.

The Russian Ballet Theatre’s 2019 tour of “Swan Lake” features Olga Kifyak as Odette, Evgeny Svetlitsa as Prince Siegfried, Mikhail Ovcharov as the Jester and Vasili Bogdan as Rothbart.

The production is choreographed by Nadezhda Kalinina with Sergey Novikov serving as production designer and Irina Strukova as special effects makeup designer.

The production will feature time-honored Russian traditions while adding new choreography, handpainted sets, 150 hand-sewn costumes, artistic hair designs and special effects makeup.

“Although we are telling the classic story of ‘Swan Lake,’ there are tweaks here and there that make the show new and exciting,” co-producer Gulya Hartwick said. “We have all new choreography. Usually there is one jester, we have five of them. We did what we could to make the production more lively and more colorful.”

Hartwick said feedback from audiences on the tour has been overwhelmingly positive.

“One gentleman at a venue said that he has been a longtime fan of ballet,” Hartwick said. “He said he loved the performance, it was so beautiful. But he said that it wasn’t to his taste because it was too colorful. I thought, ‘Yes, good,’ and was happy when I heard that. It means we accomplished our goal.”

Hatwick described the target audience for “Swan Lake” as “any age, because it tells a timeless, classic story in a colorful and bold new way.”

“Usually, when kids come to a traditional ballet, they fall asleep 40 minutes into the show,” Hartwick said. “At our production, they’re all awake. They’re enchanted and engaged with the beautiful set, dancing and story. ... We’ve had a lot of compliments about the costumes and sets and our cast is extremely strong and talented. It will be a beautiful production of the timeless tale.”

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