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Swan Lake

Nashville Ballet

Nashville Ballet company dancers Sadie Bo Harris and Jon Upleger in Swan Lake

TPAC’s Jackson Hall • October 17–19

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by MiChelle Jones | Photographs by Marianne Leach

wan Lake is one of those fantastic, large-scale works that define classical ballet, with ballerinas in tutus and feathered headpieces dancing to a Tchaikovsky score. In mid October, Nashville Ballet will present this fairy tale with its dashing prince, an evil sorcerer—in classical ballet, princes are always dashing, sorcerers usually evil—and many, many young women trapped in swan form. Chief among the swans are Odette and her doppelgänger Odile, the White and Black Swans, respectively. This production is a slightly edited version of the ballet, trimmed from the original four hours to a more manageable modern length. It’s essentially the same ballet the company presented in the 2007 and 2010 seasons, according to Paul Vasterling, Nashville Ballet’s artistic director. All the high points remain, and the staging will be full-on classical ballet, with lushly painted sets and fabulous costumes. “The lake scene is really lovely, and the third act is quite grand,” said Vasterling. 90 | October 2014 NashvilleArts.com

October 2014 Nashville Arts Magazine  
October 2014 Nashville Arts Magazine