Russian National Ballet to perform 'Swan Lake'

Russian National Ballet to perform 'Swan Lake' at College of DuPage

 
By Natalia Dagenhart
Posted1/4/2017 11:26 AM
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  • The Russian National Ballet will present "Swan Lake" in two performances Sunday, Jan. 15, at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

    The Russian National Ballet will present "Swan Lake" in two performances Sunday, Jan. 15, at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. Courtesy of College of DuPage

  • "Swan Lake" has become one of the most popular ballets in the world, but it was largely overlooked when first performed.

    "Swan Lake" has become one of the most popular ballets in the world, but it was largely overlooked when first performed. Courtesy of College of DuPage

"Ballet is a dance executed by the human soul," said famous Russian poet Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin.

Local audiences can experience Pushkin's meaning when Russian National Ballet Theater performs "Swan Lake" at 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, in the freshly renovated Belushi Performance Hall in the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn.

One of the most popular performances created in human history, "Swan Lake" ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky features easily recognizable music combined with tremendous choreography. Tchaikovsky wrote music for this ballet in 1875 and 1876.

His Russian soul, spirit, senses and feelings are fully reflected in this composition. Elegance, beauty, tension, depth, grace, confidence, glory -- each of these feelings are represented.

"Swan Lake" did not get recognition during Tchaikovsky's lifetime, and the first productions were unsuccessful. Only after his death was "Swan Lake" noticed and recognized with the help of famous and influential ballet masters and choreographers Petipa and Ivanov.

Since then, the ballet has been considered one of the most popular ballets in the world.

Directed by the legendary Bolshoj Theater principal dancer Elena Radchenko, the Russian National Ballet Theater will introduce its own production of "Swan Lake."

The Russian National Ballet Theater includes more than 50 dancers. Many of them have been with the company since its inception in Moscow in the late 1980s.

The legendary Bolshoi Theater principal dancer Elena Radchenko became the founder of the Russian National Ballet Theatre and, in 1994, she was selected to be the first permanent artistic director of the company. Since then, the Russian National Ballet is one of the leading Russian ballet companies, known around the world.

Tickets are $46 to $56. For more information, visit www.atthemac.org, call the arts center ticket office at (630) 942-4000, or purchase tickets at the box office in the lobby of the McAninch Arts Center.