Russian dancers to perform Swan Lake

Peijia Zhang, Copy Editor

The ballet ‘Swan Lake’ is to be performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday by Russian dancers at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center.

“This is the classical interpretation of the most important ballet since 1875. This is unbelievable,” said Igor Levin, producer of The State Ballet Theatre of Russia.

Music by Pyotr llyich Tchaikovsky, choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, the performance attracted rising ballet stars to perform.

Principal dancers are Ekaterina Tikhonova who will play the roles Odette-Odille, and Valery Tselishchev who will play Prince Siege Frid.

The play presents a story of the prince saving Odette from a curse that turned her into a white swan.

“They (the dancers) look so young because they started dancing at a young age,” said Levin.

Following the strict tradition in ballet dancers’ training in Russia, Igor said young kids enter ballet schools at 8 or 9 years old, and they usually need to go through 10 years’ training to get on the stage of a professional theatre.

He said this tradition is kept to make sure dancers get enough experience before they launch their ballet career.

To present this epic production, special rehearsals and preparations are needed for about half a year for all the crews, including dancers and orchestra members, said Levin.

The performance in Johnstown is one stop of their 42 performances in their 10-week-long tour in the United States and Canada.

According to an article in The Tribune-Democrat, Levin said the dancers are “on the second level just below the legendary Bolshoi Ballet.”

At the box office, tickets are $28 per person and they are still available by calling (814) 269-7200 or 1-800-846-2787. One can also purchase online through