Black & White: Swan Lake

February 10-12, 2017
Peter Martin Wege Theatre

Choreography: Mario Radacosky

Music: Peter I. Tchaikovsky

Set and Lighting Design: Marek Holly

Projection Design: Michael Auer

Costumes: Patricia Barker

GRB Performances: 2012

The return of Mario Radacovsky’s (Beethoven, Bolero) Black & White: Swan Lake is not to be missed. Hailed by Mlive.com as “an artistic accomplishment of the highest order”, Mario adopts a contemporary approach to this classic tale you know and love, full of romance, Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, and cruel deception.

Thrilling, daring and totally original, Mario Radacovsky’s production transforms one of ballet’s best-loved stories into a stylish, witty, poignant, contemporary tale – creating a provocative and powerful Swan Lake of our times.

Tickets

For more information, you can call the box office at (616) 454-4771 ext. 10

Please note that haze is used in this production.

Fri, Feb 10, 2017 7:30 PM
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 2:00 PM
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 7:30 PM
Sun, Feb 12, 2017 2:00 PM

A Message from the Choreographer

My journey to create Black & White Swan Lake began years ago when I was in the hospital battling cancer. The window in my room overlooked a lake where swans gathered. I instantly thought about the freedom and perfection they represented… but also how aggressive and dangerous they can be.

Nothing in life is black or white. There are so many colors in between, and not just in what we see, but how we feel. How can we trust what we see? Is it reality or just a dream… what is real and what is not? I hope you, the audience, can see past the colors and the visual elements to discover what you feel and not just simply see. I hope you will go home talking about it and bring to light you own feelings and emotions, perhaps provoked by what you saw on stage.

I am so glad to have had the chance to work with the dancers and Patricia once again. To see each dancer bring their own personality and character to each role…it has been fantastic. This has been a remarkable journey for me and I am very proud  of their work. I hope you enjoy the performance.

Mario Radacovsky

Grand Rapids Ballet’s ‘Black & White Swan Lake’ is an artistic accomplishment of highest order

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Mario Radacovsky

Choreographer

Upon graduating from the Eva Jaczova Dance Conservatory in Bratislava, Radacovský joined the ballet company of the Slovak National Theatre in 1989 and after a short time, gained a contract as a soloist. In 1990, he won the Czechoslovak Ballet Competition. From 1992 to 1999, he worked in the Netherlands Dance Theater in The Hague, director by Jiri Kylian. The company had the opportunity to collaborate with the world’s leading choreographers alongside Jiri Kylian such as Mats Ek, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Édouard Lock and many others.

In 1999, he became the soloist of the ensemble Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal. In 2000, Radacovský returned to Slovak National Theatre as a guest soloist and in 2006, he served as Artistic Director. In 2010, Radacovský became the Founding Director of Balet Bratislava. In 2013, Radacovský was appointed Artistic Director of the Ballet of the National Theare Brno in the Czech Republic. Read more…