How often do you get the chance to experience the best-loved of all ballets performed by the Russian company most associated with it? The Kirov Ballet—yes, the same Kirov Ballet that was already around for more than a century when Tchaikovsky wrote the score to “Swan Lake” and which a half-century later would train such Russian luminaries of dance as Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova and Mikhail Baryshnikov—is coming to town for the first time in sixteen years, complete with a sixty-six-piece orchestra conducted by Boris Gruzin. With choreography by Konstantin Sergeyev after the original Kirov “Swan Lake” choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov and featuring Diana Vishneva as Odette, along with Uliana Lopatkina and Igor Zelensky, and featuring sets by Igor Ivanov and costumes by Galina Solovieva, all in the grand Kirov tradition. (Dennis Polkow)
“Swan Lake” plays at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 East Congress, (312)922-2110, through November 5.