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Swan Lake swoops into Athens
Russian ballet dancers to perform classic story
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The State Ballet Theatre of Russia will perform “Swan Lake” on Jan. 13 and 14 in the Fine Arts Theatre on the University of Georgia in Athens.

‘Swan Lake’

When: 8 p.m. Jan. 13 and 14

Where: Fine Arts Theatre, University of Georgia, on Baldwin Street at Lumpkin

Cost: $52 and $62 with discounts for UGA students

More info: pac.uga.edu or 706-542-4400

The timeless music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky will accompany the classic ballet “Swan Lake” at the University of Georgia Performing Arts Center next week.

About 50 dancers from the State Ballet Theatre of Russia will perform the full-length story ballet, complete with elaborate sets and costumes, at 8 p.m. Jan. 13 and 14 in the Fine Arts Theatre.

Tickets are $52 and $62 and are discounted for UGA students. Tickets can be purchased at the UGA Performing Arts Center box office, online at pac.uga.edu or by calling 706-542-4400 or toll free at 888-289-8497.

The Performing Arts Center will offer a pre-concert lecture 45 minutes prior to each performance of “Swan Lake”. The free lecture is open to the public.

One of the world’s most popular ballets, “Swan Lake” premiered Feb. 20, 1877, at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. It was the first ballet set to the score of a symphonic composer and has endured to become one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous works.

Set in four acts, “Swan Lake” tells the story of Odette, a beautiful princess who has been turned into a swan by the evil sorcerer von Rothbart. Handsome Prince Siegfried loves Odette and tries to save her from the sorcerer’s spell, but is tricked into falling for von Rothbart’s daughter, Odile.

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia was founded in 2004 under the auspices of the internationally renowned dancer and former prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theatre Ballet, Maya Plissetskaya. Based in Moscow, where it is known as The New Russian Ballet, the company has performed around the world on tours throughout Europe, Japan, Israel, Morocco, India, Canada and the United States.

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