As part of the Wharton Center’s dance series this semester, MSU will be hosting the Moscow Festival Ballet for a one-night-only performance of Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet, Swan Lake. The performance will take place on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 in the Cobb Great Hall at the Wharton Center, beginning at 7:30 PM (arrive by 7:00 PM). Student tickets are only $18 with your MSU ID or APID, and can be purchased either through the Wharton Center’s website or on-site at the box office.
This is a wonderful opportunity to see a professional classical ballet company in action, performing one of the most well-known and well-loved works in the Russian ballet repertoire. Swan Lake is known not only for its beautiful music and captivating story, but also for its incredible technical requirements – the prima ballerina portrays both Odette, the beautiful princess turned into the White Swan, and Odile, the evil witch who captivates the prince as the Black Swan. As such, she must be able to perform at the highest caliber in the ballet world, including performing 32 fouetté turns (a very fast spin on one foot en pointe) in a row at point one in the story! This is one of the aspects that makes Swan Lake such a challenging work to perform, and also a stunning piece to witness.
(And yes, I was once one of those swans in the background – they are known as the corps de cygnets, the group of little swans. I know from experience just how grueling this work can be!)
Enjoy the show!