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Dance

Ballet West: Swan Lake

When: Fri., Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Feb. 7, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun., Feb. 8, 2 p.m., Wed., Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Feb. 14, 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 15, 2 p.m. 2015

In 2010, Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute astounded even the strict traditionalists with his modern-day version of the 19th-century classic Swan Lake. Ballet enthusiasts might not have even realized an updated and refreshed version of their beloved fairy tale was necessary, but they have been receptive to the re-imagined production. Sklute has transported the tragic yet romantic tale into the 21st century, shortening the production and updating both the staging and the costumes. He contends that "ballet is a living, breathing art form," and it was vital that he not produce a museum piece. Sklute and his team have been successful at changing the scenery without losing any of the imagery that makes Swan Lake such a fan favorite. The revamping of the costumes even caught the eye of pop singer Taylor Swift, who borrowed some of the costuming from Sklute's Swan Lake for her recent hit video "Shake It Off." In addition, Ballet West costume production director David Heuvel has designed six new lavish costumes to add to the 100 costumes already in the production. Rest assured, the heart-wrenching story has not been modified. Swan Lake remains the quintessential ballet, telling the tale of Siegfried, the sad prince; Rothbart, the evil sorcerer; and the beautiful Odette, who is turned into a swan. The elegant dancers illustrate through flawless choreography the love story between Siegfried and Odette as they effortlessly glide through stunning sets to the famous music by Tchaikovsky. (Aimee L. Cook)

Price: $29 and up

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