Boston Ballet’s Swan Lake: From Studio to Stage

Drama, grace, deceit and of course love are all common themes on the stage whether it is Shakespeare, a musical on Broadway or the ballet.  Swan Lake will take your breath away over and over again  not only from the grace and power of the movement on stage but also from the twists and turns, the fortunes and misfortunes of the characters.  This story of sorcery is a tragedy that you will not want to miss.  Earlier this month, I had a sneak peek into one of the studio rehearsals.

Design and rendering by Robert Perdziola courtesy of Boston Ballet
Design and rendering by Robert Perdziola courtesy of Boston Ballet

Boston Ballet’s Swan Lake opens tonight at the Boston Opera House.  Tomorrow, Halloween night, guests are invited to participate in a black and white masquerade.  Photos will be allowed in front of one of two beautiful Swan Lake backdrops in the lobby.

When you take a picture in front of one the two large backdrops from the new production of Swan Lake and enter to win tickets for a Boston Ballet performance this spring by posting images to @bostonballet on Facebooktwitter, and Instagram using #BBSwanLake.

Here is a peek at what a rehearsal looks like.  As you can see there is so much attention to detail. From how the costumes move, to the movement itself.  In rehearsal photos you will see ballerinas 1/2 in costume 1/2 in warm up gear, stretching, posing, tweaking, and perfecting moves in a reflection in the mirror or center stage.  Dances are stopped and started over and over again until perfection is attained.  Tonight it will all come together for opening night of Swan Lake.

Men at work.   Charles Heightchew, Manager of Costumes and wardrobe works closely with all of the artistic staff and Artistic Directory, Mikko Nissinen to get the costumes just right.
Men at work. Charles Heightchew, Manager of Costumes and wardrobe works closely with all of the artistic staff and Artistic Directory, Mikko Nissinen to get the costumes just right.

 

As a local writer/blogger, I have been invited to see Boston Ballet’s performance, and I will be sure to report back so that you can avoid the tragedy of missing Boston’s most elegant swans.

 

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