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  Swan Lake at Auditorium Theatre

Swan Lake

Auditorium Theatre
50 East Congress Parkway Chicago

A ballet in four acts, Wheeldon's modern re-telling transports one of ballet's most famous works to the studios of the Paris Opera during the 19th century, the same era Tchaikovsky composed Swan Lake in Moscow and when a young impressionist named Edgar Degas was on the rise in Paris. The story begins as the dancers of the world's most famed ballet company prepare for opening night. Inspired by the paintings of Degas, this opulent production follows Siegfried, a leading dancer who falls in love with his beautiful partner. When a wicked arts patron threatens to spoil their love, Siegfried is thrust into a world of mystery and wonder, as the line between reality and fantasy suddenly blurs together in unexpected ways.

Thru - Oct 28, 2018

Price: $35-$195

Show Type: Performance Art

Box Office: 800-775-2000

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  Swan Lake Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...This is a gorgeous ballet. And I firmly believe that even the staunchest of purists should come to witness it. The drop-dead-gorgeous Act 2 lake scene (which, here, is set in Siegfried’s rehearsal room) is made even more difficult by asking its 18 ladies to navigate set pieces as they enter with that well-known arabesque temps leve pattern carving an “s” from upstage to down. The iconic pulsing of their arms, as wings, is softened ever so slightly. Wheeldon adds a subtle arch of the torso forward and back that makes synchronicity even more difficult but gives this flock of swans a soul."
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Lauren Warnecke

WTTW - Highly Recommended

"...It has been four years since the Joffrey Ballet first performed Christopher Wheeldon’s reimagining of “Swan Lake,” which lifts the story out of a Brothers Grimm-style kingdom and sets it down in the world of the Paris Opera Ballet at about the same time Tchaikovsky was penning his score in Russia and Degas and Toulouse were painting dancers and cabaret artists in Paris. And its current revival, which opened Wednesday night for a two-week run at the Auditorium Theatre, serves as a vivid indication of the extraordinary artistry that now defines the Joffrey, from principal dancers to corps."
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Hedy Weiss

Chicago On Stage - Highly Recommended

"...At a time when words in our cultural lexicon like "masterpiece," "brilliant," and "genius" have been used so often, and with such impunity, that they've lost their meaning, what happens when a true "masterpiece" comes along? What do we say when we experience the work of an actual "genius"? How do we describe a truly "brilliant" artistic creation? Let's try this... Plain and simple. Christopher Wheeldon's Swan Lake is a masterpiece."
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Karen Topham

Picture This Post - Highly Recommended

"...Wheeldon’s choreography showcases the dancers in a beautiful way, especially partnering together in duets, trios, and larger groups. The large group scenes are dynamic and visually stunning as the dancers make sweeping movements in various patterns and formations around the stage."
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Hayley Ross

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