Just the mention of Swan Lake conjures images of grand classical ballet. Its enduring popularity ensures its place among the most performed ballets worldwide. This weekend at the Aronoff Center, Cincinnati Ballet and Columbus’s BalletMet team up for a powerhouse production: a combined cast of over 50 professional dancers, with lead roles danced by Cincinnati Ballet. (BalletMet dancers performed principal parts for Columbus performances Oct.
16-18.) Even choreographic duties have been shared (after the Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov original): Cincinnati Ballet’s Victoria Morgan and Devon Carney join forces with BalletMet Artistic Director Gerhard Charles. Need another reason to see Swan Lake? Live music for ballet has become a rare bird in these financially strained times, so don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the enhanced emotion of Tchaikovsky’s hauntingly beautiful score played by Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra. $25-$80. 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.
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