In any great fairy tale, there are certain requirements. First, you need a beautiful princess. Then, of course, you must have a charming prince. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the presence of an evil and devious sorcerer is absolutely essential. Throw in some beautiful swans and more than 40 expert dancers, and you've got one of the most enduring fairy tales of all time: "Swan Lake."
Set to some of the more sweeping and romantic music by Pytor Ilych Tchaikovsky, the ballet is one of the most performed in the world, with new versions emerging almost yearly. At 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Moscow Festival Ballet will once again bring its company to the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts to perform the traditional version of the tale.
The three-act ballet follows the princess Odette, who has fallen under a spell from the evil magician Von Rothbart that has turned her into a swan. Prince Siegfried, who is beset by an arranged marriage, falls in love with Odette. From there, conflicts ensue.
Led by artistic director Sergei Radchenko, who cut his teeth in the legendary Bolshoi Ballet, the Moscow Festival Ballet has been touring the United States and Europe since its creation in 1989. Tickets are $22 for the general public, $10 for students. For more information and tickets, visit www.ubcfa.org or call 852-5000.
-- Colin Dabkowski