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Preview of Pennsylvania Ballet’s ‘Swan Lake’


For only two weekends in March, Pennsylvania Ballet‘s ‘Swan Lake’ will alight the stage of the Academy of Music with all the elegance and enchantment of the 1876 original production. The Pennsylvania Ballet’s original 2004 production was invited for a performance at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2005, the company’s international debut.

Practically synonymous with ballet itself, ‘Swan Lake’ appeals to newcomers, ballet aficionados, or those made curious by a recent brush with “Black Swan.” A love story tinged with mythology, ‘Swan Lake’ follows Prince Siegfried’s pursuit of the Swan Queen Odette after her transformation into a swan by an evil sorcerer. The story unfolds to the immortal Tchaikovsky score and upon a lush set inspired by the 19th century ballet world captured by Degas’ paintings. Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon infuses the dancer’s lithe bodies with the regality of royalty and the grace of a bird through choreography reminiscent of the original by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa.

The production also features the dancers who gave Natalie Portman a flurrying backdrop in the recent “Black Swan.” The dancers were selected for the film after the PA Ballet’s 2004 performance, so they have gone from stage to film and are back on the stage for a limited time.

Performance dates for Pennsylvania Ballet’s ‘Swan Lake’ at the Academy of Music:

* Thursday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m.
* Friday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.
* Saturday, March 5 at noon and 8 p.m.
* Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m.
* Saturday, March 12 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Tickets for are already selling quickly but can still be purchased online at, by phone at 215-893-1999, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office.