Friday, March 30, 2012

Selection Reminder: Orlando Ballet's Swans: Black and White!

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 9:00 AM


Friday-Sunday, March 30-April 1Swans: Black and White

8 p.m. Friday-Saturday

2 p.m. Sunday

Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre

401 W. Livingston St.



Orlando Ballet artistic director Robert Hill has choreographed a version of Swan Lake that brings out “darker themes of imprisonment, manipulation and deception,” continuing his company’s shift away from fluffy pink tutus toward edgier, adult-ier fare (Vampires’ Ball, Battle of the Sexes). Korean ballerina A Reum Chung, a five-year vet of Orlando Ballet, dances the split-personality lead role – Odette/Odile – or what you may think of as the Natalie Portman part, if ballet isn’t your usual bag. Every 30 years or so, a ballet movie comes along that fires up popular interest in the classical form: 1948’s eerie The Red Shoes; 1977’s three-hanky The Turning Point; and in 2010, of course, Black Swan, with its mix of psychosexual ickies and astoundingly flexible, creepy-strong young bodies. Balletomanes recognized the plot parallels to Swan Lake, but it wasn’t necessary to enjoy the movie; similarly, having seen Black Swan won’t be a prerequisite to enjoying Hill’s Swans. – Jessica Bryce Young

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