What to Expect: International Ballet Greenville’s Swan Lake

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Despite the abundance of technology in today’s world, the time tested art of classical ballet remains an enchanting form of entertainment. When done in a manner true to its origin, a classical ballet performance leaves its audience spellbound.

Experience this magic for yourself and book your tickets to International Ballet’s production of Swan Lake on May 25-26 at the Peace Center.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 23 as Meg visits the stage for a LIVE Instagram preview! In the meantime, here’s what you need to know from Sarah Shoemaker, President of International Ballet.

THE STORYLINE & COSTUMES

Swan Lake is ballet’s greatest love story. It is steeped in themes of temptation, jealousy, deception, and drama. You see all of this play out on stage at once.

I am blown away by the work of our talented designers for this ballet performance. From the headpieces, to the feather detailing, to the intricate stitching, the costumes are simply exquisite. The swan dancers look as though they are glimmering across the stage, and this is a testament to their hard work.

THE BALLET PERFORMANCE TALENT

Two ballet dancers in elaborate costumes perform with grace and poise against a mystical backdrop featuring a full moon, embodying the elegance and precision celebrated in The Scout Guide.

Our Swan Lake ballet production cast includes 35 dancers and four character artists. 

The “corps de ballet” consists of 22 local high school dancers that train at International Ballet Academy. Overseen by Artistic Director Vlada Kysselova, in this ballet performance you see them shine.

Thirteen professional guest artists from across the country join the cast in “corps de ballet”, soloist, and principal roles. 

San Francisco Ballet stars Katherine Barkman and Esteban Hernandez hold the principal roles of Odette/Odile and Prince Seigfried. Also from the San Francisco Ballet, Nathaniel Remez dances as the evil sorcerer Rothbart.

Fun fact: This is Katherine’s second ballet performance with us. Her first appearance was in the title role of Giselle in 2022. We are thrilled to welcome her back!

THE MUSIC

Experiencing a live symphony synchronized with a moving ballet production never fails to take my breath away. There is such energy and raw emotion in one space at one time. Accompanied by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra led by Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel, the score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky truly captivates and inspires.

THE BALLET PRODUCTION EXPERIENCE

Not seen Swan Lake or a classical ballet performamce aside from The Nutcracker? Now is the perfect opportunity to try something new.

As followers of The Scout Guide Greenville, you get 10% off your tickets! Use code TSGGVL10 at purchase. We hope that Swan Lake brings an equal amount of joy and inspiration to you as it does us.

See a preview of the Swan Lake ballet production at The Scout Guide Greenville Volume 8 launch party HERE.

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Sarah Shoemaker is current President of International Ballet Greenville. She brings over 25 years of experience in dance, education, business, and film to her role in the organization.