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Oregon Ballet Theatre: Swan Lake

Closed February 25, 2017

An event of deep significance to both the city and the company

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Why See Oregon Ballet Theatre: Swan Lake?

The jewel of Oregon Ballet's crown returns for 2016/17

Based on the 1895 version by Petipa/Ivanov, Christopher Stowell's Swan Lake premiered to rave reviews and sell-out crowds in 2006, cementing Oregon Ballet Theatre's reputation for elegance and virtuosity, and a ballet company to watch out for. Last performed in 2013, it marked the retirement of prima ballerina Yuka Iino. A new roster of dancers has joined OBT over the course of the year, and will be making their debut in the 2016/17 season.

A daring new take on the Petipa legend

Designed to draw the audience into the heartfelt struggles of the prince and his snowy maiden, Stowell's intrepid reworking of the Petipa/Ivanov classic looks deeper beyond the "look, but don't touch" promise of Odille and Odette, leaving audiences with a certain pang in their hearts. Left alone by his older brothers whilst they ride off to fight for glory in wars abroad, he is young, naive and prone to a vivid imagination; one that is haunted by magical beings.

However, he is shocked to learn that all of his brothers have been killed, and he is tasked with taking over rule of the kingdom - and to rescue his family's royal legacy. And for that, he needs a wife. Unimpressed with the choice of maidens thrust before him, he escapes to the apparent safety of the forest; however, the mischievous beings who live there have their own plans for him, and a certain swan princess...

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Opening night: 18 February 2017


Suitable for ages 12+

Cast and Creative


Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky / Christopher Stowell after Petipa/Ivanov

Featuring the full OBT Orchestra

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