‘Swan Lake’ to grace the Keith-Albee stage Jan. 26

The world’s most well-known classical ballet, Swan Lake, is coming to the Marshall Artists Series for the first time on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia, now under the direction of award-winning dancer and Moiseyev Dance Company soloist Nikolay Anokhin, presents the full-scale production, which will feature 50 dancers and is set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. The romantic ballet has been entertaining audiences for over 100 years.

Based on Russian folklore and German legend, Swan Lake transports audiences to a dreamlike fairytale, in which it follows a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell, making her a graceful swan by day, and a young woman by night. The spell can only be broken by a man promising her his eternal love. The prince swears his love, but is tricked by the evil sorcerer who cast the spell on Odette.

Formed in 1961 by legendary dancer and former prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theatre Ballet, Maya Plissetskaya, the State Ballet Theatre of Russia has established itself as one of Russia’s leading ballet companies by building an international reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality and depth. The soloists and corps de ballet include some of Russia’s most accomplished dancers, with their breathtaking physical ability and dazzling costumes.

For ticket information, contact the Marshall Artists Series Box Office at ext. 6-6656, or visit the box office located in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse.  Box office hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m.