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Swan Lake’s debut at the National Theatre

February 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Saturday, repeating until February 22, 2020

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until February 23, 2020


If you are unfamiliar with Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, it is an impressive ballet in three acts, four scenes. Irina Kolesnikova stars as Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. The Sunday Express, London described it as, “a world-class triumph. Not to be missed… The range of emotion and style combined in the role of Odette/Odile, separates the women from the girls and Kolesnikova’s definitive interpretation must have earned a place in the Swan Lake history books.”

In February 2020, legendary Russian prima ballerina Irina Kolesnikova makes her long-anticipated USA debut.  Acclaimed from London to Sydney, from Johannesburg to Paris, Kolesnikova brings together guest artists from the world’s leading ballet companies in the spellbinding St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre’s production of Tchaikovsky’s SWAN LAKE. Irina Kolesnikova has a wealth of superlative credits attesting to her mastery. As Odette-Odile, the role that is her personal trademark, she is unique. Her Swan Queen at the London Coliseum was described by Telegraph as “truly a thing of remarkable beauty and technically flawless.”

Founded 25 years ago, St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre is famous not just for its beautiful Vaganova trained dancers, but also for its stunning full-length productions. The company travels internationally performing classical masterpieces from its repertoire including GiselleDon QuixoteLa BayadereRomeo and JulietteThe Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty. The incredibly popular company is in such demand internationally that it commits to over 200 performances every year.

And now, following sold-out seasons in London, Paris, Seoul, Melbourne, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Stockholm, and Copenhagen, the globally lauded St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre (SPBT) make its USA debut in Washington on stage of the National Theatre. See prima ballerina Irina Kolesnikova, the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre, guest artists, and the timeless production of Tchiakovsky’s SWAN LAKE. Seen just once, it will be a night remembered forever.

Recommended for ages 6 and up.
Run time: Approximately 2 hours, 40 minutes, with two intermissions.


February 21, 2020
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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National Theatre
1321 Pennsylvania Avenue
NW, DC 20004 United States
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