'Swan Lake'

'Swan Lake'

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As part of Alberta Bair Theater’s 2017-18 First Interstate Bank Fox Series, the Moscow Festival Ballet performs "Swan Lake" on Feb. 13.

The full-length ballet is performed in four acts with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Show time is 7:30 p.m.

"Swan Lake" tells the story of Prince Siegfried who sees an amazing swan while hunting. As he takes aim to shoot, the swan turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, who tells the prince she is a princess under the spell of an evil sorcerer. During the day she must be a swan and swim in a lake of tears. At night she is allowed to be human again.

The two fall in love and hope to break the spell. However, the evil sorcerer has other plans and through a spell placed on Siegfried at a party, the prince accidentally proposes to another woman, believing her to be Odette.

Feeling doomed, Odette throws herself into the lake. Feeling sorry he was tricked, Siegfried throws himself into the lake with her. In a touching moment, the two are transformed into lovers in the afterlife.

Tickets, $49, $44, $25 and $25 for students with valid I.D., are available at the Alberta Bair Theater box office, by phone at 406-256-6052 (box office hours are Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. ) or online at www.albertabairtheater.org.

The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko, now the current artistic director, sought to realize his vision of a company that would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet.

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Jaci Webb covers entertainment for The Billings Gazette.