Ballet ‘Swan Lake’ to wrap up season

Classical ballet, in the Russian style, will close out the Charleston Concert Association’s 2012-13 season Tuesday with the presentation of “Swan Lake.”

This ballet, whose music by Tchaikovsky is instantly recognizable and whose choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov remains the standard, is offered in full by the Russian National Ballet Thea-tre.

The production is big, says Jason Nichols, president of the concert association.

The ballet company will arrive in town with a large truck and two tour buses full of dancers.

“Swan Lake” recounts the story of how true love conquers an evil sorcerer’s spell and devious deception.

Prince Siegfried, enchanted by the cursed Odette, vows eternal love and pledges to rescue Odette and the other swans.

The sorcerer Rotbart catches wind of Siegfried’s intentions and tricks him, but neither deceit nor the raging storm set in motion by Rotbart can vanquish the prince’s love.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre, led by artistic director Elena Radchenko, was founded in Moscow in the late 1980s, just as the country was shedding its communist burden and dance companies were seeking to re- invigorate ballet with new ideas, according to its published his- tory.

The company’s original dancers were products of Russia’s great ballet academies.

Today, the Russian Na- tional Ballet Theatre in- cludes more than 50 dancers, many of whom have been with the company since its inception.

Radchenko, a principal dancer of the Bolshoi, joined the National Ballet Theatre in 1994, tasked with upholding tradition while cultivating new talent.

The company’s repertoire consists largely of the great works of Petipa.

Tuesday at the Sottile is subscription renewal night for the concert association. Its 2013-14 season goes on sale.

Performances, all at the Sottile Theatre, begin in October with a production by The Shanghai Ballet.

In November, acclaimed baritone Nathan Gunn will give a recital.

In February 2014, Grammy Award-winning pianist Peter Nero will offer a Valentine’s Day concert with bassist Michael Barnett, called “Music of the Heart.”

And in March next year, the Venice Baroque Orchestra will present a concert played on period instruments, joined by esteemed cellist Mario Brunello.

For more on the new season, visit or call 727-1216.