May 7, 2012

Bolshoi Ballet Brings Beloved Swan Lake to Toronto

The world-renowned Russian ballet company, Bolshoi Ballet, marks its return to Toronto with the most revered of classical ballets, Swan Lake, a production that celebrated its world premiere by the same company on March 4, 1877.

Based on Russian folk tales, Swan Lake is a perennial dance favourite that tells a haunting story of love, sorcery, and royalty gone awry. In this tragic love story, Prince Siegfried has set his eyes on an enchanting maiden named Odette, who, unbeknownst to Siegfried, was turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer toying with Siegfried’s fidelity for his true love.

Founded in 1776, the Bolshoi Ballet is among the world’s oldest ballet companies. Bolshoi Ballet is distinguished for its vibrant and bold style that blends technique and athleticism with expressiveness and dramatic intensity. To give you an idea of their amazing choreography, I'm including the Pas de Quatre, one of my favourite pieces from this, my utmost favourite ballet...

Now in its 236th season, Bolshoi Ballet presents Swan Lake at the Sony Centre For The Performing ArtsMay 15 to May 19, with original revival choreography by Marius Petipa as composed by Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyTickets can be purchased in person at the Sony Centre box office, over the phone at 1-855-872-SONY (7669) or online at

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