Nashville Ballet opens the season with Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake on Sept. 21

Nashville Ballet opens the season with Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake on Sept. 21

Opening the organization’s 20th season under Paul Vasterling’s artistic direction, Nashville Ballet will present what’s commonly considered one of the greatest classical ballets of all time, “Swan Lake,” with three performances September 21-23, 2018 at TPAC’s Jackson Hall.

Drawing upon Russian folklore, “Swan Lake” transports audiences to a realm of lush romance to tell the tale of the beautiful, but cursed, maiden Odette. Forced to spend her days as a swan upon a desolate lake, Odette may only take her true form as a human in the darkest hours of the night. Without a vow of true love to break the wicked curse, Odette will never be free. This fan favorite features the challenging and highly coveted, dual role of Odette and Odile, the evil temptress crucial in determining the heroine’s fate.

His first ballet composed, Tchaikovsky began arranging “Swan Lake” in 1875 and premiered it in 1877. Twenty years after its inception, choreographers Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa’s 1895 revival staged the version that serves as the foundation for the quintessential ballet.

Last presented by Nashville Ballet in 2014, “Swan Lake” features choreographic updates from Artistic Director Paul Vasterling and Tchaikovsky’s iconic score performed live by the Nashville Symphony. With striking new costumes for Odette and the illustrious swan corps, Nashville Ballet offers a dazzling fresh take on this timeless masterpiece.

“The beauty, power and technical complexity of “Swan Lake” make it one of the most important ballets, both for dancers and the audience to experience,” Vasterling said. “Petipa and Ivanov’s choreography set a standard for grace and athleticism still inherent to ballet today; the new tutus for this production will highlight that standard and the strength of our Nashville Ballet artists on stage.”

Get swept away by the magic of “Swan Lake” by purchasing tickets in person at the TPAC box office in downtown Nashville, by phone at (615) 782-4040 or The presenting sponsor for Swan Lake is Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund; supporting sponsors are Benefits, Inc. and Tennessee Orthopedic Alliance. A complete performance schedule and more information can be found at

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