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International Debut - Edinburgh International Fest

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#1 EmPaBallet


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Posted 11 July 2005 - 05:55 AM

AUGUST 15 TO 19, 2005

In a unique collaboration, the Company performs Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake
with the Russian Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio

Pennsylvania Ballet makes its International Debut August 15 to 19, 2005, at the Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland with six performances of Christopher Wheeldon’s acclaimed Swan Lake, performed with the Russian Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio. This is a unique first-time collaboration between the Company and the orchestra, which will be conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev.
“The directors of the Festival saw our production of Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake when we premiered it in Philadelphia in June 2004,” said Pennsylvania Ballet Artistic Director Roy Kaiser. “They felt that this new take on a classic ballet would particularly appeal to their audiences. This is a big event for us, and it says a lot about the quality of this organization.”
Edinburgh International Festival Director Brian McMaster announced the festival schedule on Thursday, March 17. Additional highlights of this year’s event include the world premieres of three plays commissioned by the Festival and written by Scottish writers: David Harrower, Shan Khan and Chiew Siah Tei; the British staged premiere of John Adams’ rarely performed opera The Death of Klinghoffer; a presentation of the complete stage works of Irish playwright J M Synge; Jonathan Nott conducting a five-concert residency in the Usher Hall with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra; and collaborations between the Dutch National Ballet with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Scottish Ballet with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
International audiences will delight in six performances of Pennsylvania Ballet’s re-imagined version of Swan Lake, which features much of the original choreography created by Lev Ivanov and
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Marius Petipa in 1895, and the crux of the story – the tragic romance of the beautiful Swan Queen trapped by an evil sorcerer who allows her to become human only at night – also remains the same. Mr. Wheeldon changed selected elements of the plot, as well as added original choreography that works cohesively with the traditional elements retained. He also refocused the narrative to be more prominent and realized more through dance and movement than through pantomime. In Mr. Wheeldon’s own words, creating a new version of Swan Lake was to him like “resetting an old diamond heirloom into a contemporary setting.”
Resident Choreographer of New York City Ballet, Mr. Wheeldon is perhaps the most sought-after choreographer in the world, being hailed as “the next George Balanchine” by critics and audiences alike. His credits include a variety of repertory and full-length works for Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, The Royal Ballet, and New York City Ballet, as well as the Broadway show Sweet Smell of Success and the film Center Stage. Born in Somerset, England, he studied at the Royal Ballet School, and danced as a member of the Royal Ballet for two years before joining New York City Ballet in 1993. He retired as a Soloist in 2000 to concentrate on his choreographic work.
Pennsylvania Ballet’s performances on tour are generously supported by PNC Bank and the William Penn Foundation.
This production was made possible, in part, by the Claneil Foundation; a grant from Dance Advance, a program funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by Drexel University; a Cultural Economic Development Grant funded by the Delaware River Port Authority with administrative support provided by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance; the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; Louise and Alan Reed; Wachovia; and the William Penn Foundation.
Founded in 1947, the Edinburgh International Festival is recognized as one of the most important celebrations of the arts in the world and brings to Edinburgh some of the best in international theater, music, dance and opera. Each festival day kicks off with a chamber concert or recital and is followed by a number of extraordinary events, from symphony concerts to classical ballet, contemporary dance, theater and opera. In between, there are talks, lectures, exhibitions, book and film festivals, and more! The annual event uses all major concert and theater venues in the city. And the arts will really take over the city this year, as the famed Edinburgh Fringe Festival will occur at the same time, running August 2 – 29.
The Edinburgh International Festival is supported by The City of Edinburgh Council, the Scottish Arts Council and EventScotland.
Founded in 1963 by Balanchine student Barbara Weisberger, Pennsylvania Ballet is one of the nation’s leading ballet companies. Headquartered in Philadelphia, the Company’s annual local season
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features six productions of classic favorites and new works, including the Philadelphia holiday tradition, The Nutcracker. For more information, call 215-551-7000 or visit www.paballet.org.

Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake
with the Russian Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio
Vladimir Fedoseyev, conductor

Monday, August 15 through Friday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 16 at 1:30 p.m.
Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Ticket prices for festival events start at £6. For additional information, please visit www.paballet.org or www.eif.co.uk. To purchase tickets, please call 44 (0) 0131 473 2000.

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Posted 11 July 2005 - 06:47 AM

Thanks for this report, EmPaBallet.

It's interesting that both San Franciso Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet are bringing Christopher Wheeldon back to Europe this summer.

Here's a link to 2 DanceView Times reviews of the Swan Lake which Wheeldon did for Pennsylvania Ballet (June 2004). Reviewers are Mary Cargill and George Jackson.


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Posted 11 July 2005 - 08:47 AM

Hi, EmPaBallet! Glad to see you've made your way to BalletTalk. Please stop by the Welcome Page and introduce yourself.

Dale posted the press release some time ago, and we have an active discussion currently underway. You might want to check it out. In order to keep all remarks in one neat place, I'm closing this thread.

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