Birds of a Feather: Three New York "Swan Lakes"

July 29, 2014 8:27 PM

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Birds of a Feather: Three New York "Swan Lakes"

The Bolshoi Ballet is in town. Its season opener, Swan Lake, sold out almost instantly, leaving less aggressive ticket buyers sorely disappointed. The appeal of a night with the Bolshoi is not just a chance to see the company's dramatic Russian style, but also to compare repertory that overlaps with our native New York companies. Whether you want to see it with the Bolshoi or not, it has been close to impossible to secure a ticket recently to see any production of Swan Lake in New York City, and the dance community perhaps has Darren Aronofsky to thank for it. His 2010 film "Black Swan" not only garnered Natalie Portman a Best Actress Oscar win, but also prompted a new interest in the ballet that inspired it. Swan Lake has been further cemented into the public consciousness as one of the main work associated with the artform of classical ballet.

There have been no shortages of Swan Lakes this season in New York. Les Ballet de Monte Carlo presented a contemporary version by Jean-Christophe Maillot at City Center, the Royal Ballet's cinema broadcast introduced us to Anthony Dowell's staging, and last year we saw the Mariinsky Ballet "in 3D!" ...

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