Swan Lake to grace the Baton Rouge stage
POSTED: Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 10:00am
UPDATED: Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 10:04am
Baton Rouge, La —
Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s spring concert From This Pointe On… will delight classical ballet fans with Act II of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.
Act II features the ballet’s most romantic scenes where the two protagonists first meet and fall in love set to enchanting music. The act also features the ballet’s most recognizable piece, “The Dance of the Little Swans.”
Act II follows Prince Siegfried who has been told he must quickly select a bride. Dismayed by his parents’ demand, he travels into a forest to hunt and find solitude. A beautiful creature with white feathers captivates him, and as dusk falls, the swan transforms into a beautiful young woman, Odette the Swan Queen. Baton Rouge native Helen Daigle, first soloist in the Louisville Ballet, will dance the role of Odette.
Trickery, deception and romance are common themes to the ballet. Odette explains that an evil sorcerer, Baron von Rothbart, bewitched her and the other swans on the lake, and the spell can only be broken if a man pledges his love for her. Every time Odette and Siegfried almost confess their love for each other, they are interrupted by von Rothbart’s schemes.
The program, From This Pointe On…, will also include three contemporary company premieres and crowd favorite, Link/Unlink, blending innovative contemporary dance with timeless, classical ballet.