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Loudoun Ballet Company Brings Swan Lake to Ashburn Stage: March 19-20
Loudoun Ballet Company Brings Swan Lake to Ashburn Stage: March 19-20

Loudoun Ballet Company Brings Swan Lake to Ashburn Stage

Loudoun Ballet Company (LBC) proudly announces its upcoming production of the classic ballet Swan Lake will be held Saturday, March 19 at 3PM and Sunday, March 20 at 4PM at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn. 

Swan Lake is a dramatic tale of romance, treachery, and redemption.  This timeless ballet, set to the gorgeous music of Tchaikovsky, tells the story of Prince Siegfried and his search for true love.   As Prince Siegfried is wandering through a lakeside clearing, he falls in love with the beautiful Odette.  Odette loves Siegfried but is prevented from uniting with him.  She is a princess who has been cursed to live as a swan by day through a spell cast by the evil sorcerer Baron von Rothbart.   Will true love prevail or will Prince Siegfried be enticed by the wiles of Odile, von Rothbart’s scheming daughter?     

Swan Lake is one of the best known ballets of all time.  Originally conceived in Russia, the first production was unsuccessfully staged in Moscow in 1876 by the Russian Imperial Theatre.  Act II of the ballet was reworked by Lev Ivanov as a memorial to Tchaikovsky, following the composer’s death in 1893.  Owing to the success of this restaging, Ivanov and Marius Petipa collaborated on behalf of the Marinsky Theatre in 1894 to create the version of the ballet we know today.   Swan Lake was first performed in the United States by San Francisco Ballet in 1940.

The spring 2011 production of Swan Lake marks the fifth full-length staging of the ballet by Loudoun Ballet Company.  In addition to the precision of the Swan Corp de Ballet and the famous White and Black Swan variations, the ballet also features a variety of character dances: Waltz, Polonaise, Czardas, Mazurka, Spanish, and Tarantella.   

In preparing for the challenging Swan Lake choreography, guest artist Norbert Nirewicz will conduct a master class for LBC apprentices.  Mr. Nirewicz, the charismatic soloist who appearances with LBC have been met with cheers and amazement by Loudoun audiences, will be featured in the role of Prince Siegfried.  Leo Clarke, a scholarship student at Kirov Academy of Ballet, will take the stage as Baron von Rothbart.  The Saturday performance will feature Park View High School senior Tullia Johnston in the role of Odette and Kathryn Nachajski, a sophomore at Woodgrove High School, as Odile.  Allison Perhach, a junior at Heritage High School, will perform the roles of Odette & Odile in the Sunday performance.

Artistic Director Maureen Miller notes, “Swan Lake, with its fantastic score by Tchaikovsky, represents numerous hours of rehearsal from our talented and dedicated dancers.  They have sacrificed a lot for this ballet, and have learned choreography that professionals dance today.  We hope that our audience will share in the magic and beauty of this timeless classic.”

TICKETS

Advance tickets are $20 for Adults, $15 for Seniors and Children (12 & under).  Tickets are $25 for all Premium Seating. 

You can purchase tickets online here, and tickets are also available for purchase at the Loudoun Ballet Company business office, 15 N. King Street, Suite 201, Leesburg. For more information or for details and hours, please visit the Company's website --- www.loudounballet.org --- or call the Ticket Box Office at (703) 771-8074.

Loudoun Ballet Company is pleased to announce that advance tickets for this production will be available for purchase on-line on March 1.  Please visit the company website to purchase tickets on-line, www.loudounballet.org.  A nominal convenience fee will apply.

On performance days, all tickets at the door are $25.  No discounts are given at the door.

About Loudoun Ballet Company

Loudoun Ballet Company is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit performing arts organization whose vision is to develop, support and nurture classically trained dancers by offering them high quality, professional dance experience.  Founded in 1978, Loudoun Ballet Company was the first regional ballet company in Loudoun County, and is consistently voted first in the category of “Best Performing Arts Group” in the annual reader survey sponsored by Leesburg Today.