UCSB Arts & Lectures (A&L) will host Preljocaj’s “Swan Lake,” 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 at Santa Barbara’s Granada Theatre.
France’s contemporary dance superstar Angelin Preljocaj combines Tchaikovsky’s musical masterpiece with new arrangements, reinventing the timeless tale of love, betrayal, seduction and remorse into a modern ecological tragedy.
With 26 dancers, the tribute offers an adaptation in which “the excellent performers … move with nuanced, fragile physical poetry, and a sense of the wounded souls they have become,” The New York Times says.
The Ballet Preljocaj, a national choreographic center, has been based in Aix-en-Provence since 1996. With 24 permanent dancers, it gives more than 110 shows per year and performs on stages all over the world.
Angelin Preljocaj’s repertoire, which varies from solo to large-scale forms, alternates between large narrative ballets and more abstract pieces, some of whixch have been included in the repertoire of international ballets.
In 2006, Ballet Preljocaj moved into its new venue, the Pavillon Noir, designed by the architect Rudy Ricciotti. In the theater and four studios, meetings and dance performances are offered by invited companies year ’round.
Tickets to “Swan Lake” are $51-$131 for general public; $20 for youth and UCSB students (includes facility fee), current student ID required.
Dance series sponsors are Margo Cohen-Feinberg and Bob Feinberg, Ellen and Peter O. Johnson, Barbara Stupay, and Sheila Wald.
Presented in association with UCSB Department of Theater and Dance.