Swan Lake, the first ballet by composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, numbers among the greatest story ballets of all time. It has everything a proper fable needs: an enduring love story, evil sorcery, an original controversy (the first ballerina to play our heroine, Odette, was pulled because she’d accepted expensive jewelry from a Moscow official, only to sell it and marry a fellow danseur). And it has been performed basically nonstop from its 1876 debut, including adaptations like Matthew Bourne’s popular male-only production, and, of course, the film Black Swan by Darren Aronofsky, starring Natalie Portman (and creepy, hand-painted contacts from Southern Oregon’s Kevin Carter).
Oregon Ballet Theatre first tackled the ballet in 2006 with original choreography by the recently departed Artistic Director Christopher Stowell. They’re now reprising the ballet in what makes a most fitting swan song for Stowell. And we have a pair of tickets to give away to the final performance.
This contest is now over. For show and ticket info for Swan Lake, running February 16–23 at the Keller Auditorium, click here.
Watch OPB's Art Beat episode about Stowell's original production and prima ballerinas Yuka Iino and Alison Roper.