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Dayton Ballet and the Dayton Philharmonic Proudly Present Tchaikovsky’s Classic Masterpiece Swan Lake



CONTACT: ANGELA WHITEHEAD
Communications & Media Manager 
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138 

DAYTON, OH (February 5, 2018) – On Friday, March 9 at 8 pm; Saturday, March 10 at 8 pm; and Sunday, March 11 at 3 pm in the Schuster Center, the Dayton Ballet is thrilled to present Swan Lake, the third full-length story ballet of the 2017–2018 The Great Ones Season. The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, will provide Tchaikovsky’s captivating score as the fifth concert in the DPAA’s 2017–2018 Premier Health Masterworks Series. 

Supporting Sponsor for this production is Enterprise Roofing. DPAA’s Innovation Partner for this 2017-2018 The Great Ones Season is the DP&L Foundation: Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts. 

Dayton Ballet is beaming with pride to present Pyotr Tchaikovsky's classic and stunning story ballet Swan Lake! For the first time ever, this full-length masterpiece will be performed on the Mead stage of the Schuster Center to live music performed by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. The full professional Dayton Ballet company takes the stage with grace and athleticism for a presentation that will include, among other highlights, the full corps of 16 swans in the famous White Acts. What an incredible honor for the Dayton community to have this prestigious full-length ballet presented here by its own hometown ballet company. This epic event is a performance not to be missed! 

During his lifetime, Tchaikovsky never supposed that his first ballet, Swan Lake, would enjoy any success whatsoever, and he surely could have never imagined the lofty place it has secured in the history of dance. First presented in 1877, the ballet was poorly received, as musicians and dancers alike struggled with the complexity of Tchaikovsky’s score. Swan Lake did not gain popularity until two years after Tchaikovsky’s death, when his brilliant work was paired with choreography from Marius Petipa, ballet master of St. Petersburg’s famous Maryinsky Theatre, and Petipa’s assistant Lev Ivanov. From that point on, Swan Lake has been performed tens of thousands of times, with interpretations from the very classical to the most modern, in countless venues across the globe. 

Dayton Ballet’s 2017–2018 production of Swan Lake presents original choreography by former Washington Ballet and current Hong Kong Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre. Webre paired his original choreography with sections of the ballet that have been preserved from the original Petipa/Ivanov classic. The production retains the outline of the original story from 1877; however, Webre has changed the setting of the story to New York’s high society of 1912. In keeping with the 1900s’ new-found fascination with the mind, this production heightens the story’s psychological themes. The otherworldly fairy tale reflects the internal struggle of the protagonist, Siegfried, between good and evil, represented by the white and black swans he imagines in his dreams. 

Helping set this ballet will be Dayton Ballet Rehearsal Assistant Sharon Neumeister.  Sharon was featured in many principal roles during her ten years as a dancer with Dayton Ballet; however, one of her most memorable performances was as the role of Odette, the White Swan, the last time Dayton Ballet performed Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece in 2007. “The role of Odette, the White Swan, is one that every little girl who studies ballet dreams of one day performing,” said Neumeister. “It is technically demanding and artistically challenging. Having the opportunity to perform as Odette was a dream-come-true, and now to be able to coach other dancers in that role is truly an honor.” 

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO), under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, joins Dayton Ballet to present this riveting story ballet. “Presenting Swan Lake on both the Masterworks and Ballet Series is a very big deal,” said Maestro Gittleman. “Playing the ballet music of Swan Lake is like playing two Tchaikovsky symphonies back-to-back. The score is a mix of short ‘dance-y’ pieces and longer narrative scenes, so we are able to play a wide variety of Tchaikovsky music—tuneful, catchy pieces and also powerful, dramatic musical canvases.  It’s a workout for the orchestra, to be sure, but it’s some of Tchaikovsky’s best music, which means it’s some of the best music in the orchestra’s repertoire.” 

“Behind the Ballet,” a Q&A with dancers that gives audiences the opportunity to learn more about the life of a dancer with Dayton Ballet, will follow each performance in the theatre.  

Tickets for Swan Lake are $21 to $72 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformingarts.org. Senior, teacher and student discounts available at box office. For more information or to order subscriptions, including flexible subscription types that include performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit www.daytonperformingarts.org

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About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.  The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of merican Orchestras.
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