Most people recognize the name Swan Lake, but the recent craze of Black Swan and Natalie Portman’s Oscar-winning performance is sure to attract a whole new audience to the classical ballet. The murky love story is the same, focusing in on the battle between dark and light as Prince Siegfried chases Queen Odette after an evil sorcerer turns her into a swan. But choreographer Christopher Wheeldon mixes it up, pushing through the boundaries of the ballet while managing to honor its legacy. Inspired by the nineteenth-century setting of the Paris Opera Ballet of Edgar Degas, the extravagant costumes and set will compliment the majestic choreography of the elaborate production. You may also see some familiar faces on stage as 14 dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet—including Swan Queen, Lauren Fadeley—were actually featured in the film. Bonus: while fans can expect the same jaw-dropping exquisiteness that they saw on the big screen, they won’t have to endure all the stomach-turning gratuitous gore.
Thru Mar.12. $20-$139. The Academy of Music, 1420 Locust St. 215.893.1999
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