By Chris Bavender
The Ballet Theatre of Carmel Academy will present “Swan Lake” at 2 and 7:30 p.m. May 28 at the STAR Bank Performing Arts Center in Zionsville. It is the company’s third performance of the piece.
“’Swan Lake,’ set to a magnificent Tchaikovsky score, is an iconic ballet that has a rich history of being performed by ballet companies around the world since its first staging in 1877,” said Jane Hachiya-Weiner, BCTA artistic director. “BTCA performs it every four years as part of our spring ballet rotation of storybook ballets, and it is highly anticipated by audiences and the dancers every time.”
Hachiya-Weiner said the story has all the elements of a good fairy tale.
“(It has) intrigue between Odette (the White Swan) and Odile (the Black Swan), a flawed prince, a magic sorcerer and ill-fated love,” she said. “As a ballet, it is filled with thrilling pieces of choreography bound to awe audiences, including the perfectly synchronized arm movements of the Swan Corps de Ballet, and Odile’s famous fouetté turns.”
In a traditional staging of “Swan Lake,” the roles of Odette and Odile are usually danced by the same ballerina.
“Because of our wealth of talent at BTCA, we have chosen to showcase four different dancers for these demanding roles — two for Odette and two for Odile,” Hachiya-Weiner said.
Playing Odette will be Nisha Tague in the matinee performance, and Hannah Brazus in the evening performance. Playing Odile will be Elizabeth Brame in the evening performance, and Riley TerBush in the matinee show. TerBush, who has been involved in dance classes before age 2, has danced in “Swan Lake” each time BCTA has performed it.
“I’ve always loved the score for this ballet, so even though I’ve done it many times, I’m not tired of it,” said TerBush, who attends Carmel High School. “It’s very fun to get in character, but takes a lot of stamina since the pas, variation and coda are nearly back-to-back. Your feet get numb by the end, and it feels like a marathon, but you have to seem effortless and stay in character. It’s certainly a challenge.”
TerBush is one of six seniors participating in the show. She said it will be sad to leave the dance community at the studio.
“We’re all very close and it’s been a great opportunity for me to be involved in productions, so I’ll miss it a lot,” TerBush said.
For more, visit ballettheatreofcarmel.org.