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Volume 24, Number 10 — November 2017

Kingsport Ballet provides unusual Valentine's Day gifts

February 08, 2016

KINGSPORT, TN Kingsport Ballet has announced that Swan Lake 2016 tickets are on sale just in time for Valentine shoppers to explore giving ballet tickets as gifts.

Kingsport Ballet presents "Swan Lake" at Toy F. Reid Auditorium, April 16 and 17.

The outreach daytime performance is Friday, April 15 at 10 a.m. Kingsport Ballet is under the direction of Valeria Sinyavskaya.

"Swan Lake" is a ballet classic that is possibly one of the most iconic around the world for its spellbinding music and ethereal movement. The story isn't far behind, featuring a dramatic, heart-wrenching love tale of deception, passion and, of course, evil spells.

Many of the costumes for this ballet were designed and constructed by artists and seamstresses in Kingsport, Tennessee, in 2003. Tutus were commissioned in Russia from the costumers of the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg over 12 years ago, and have since been restored after many years of constant use by the Company.

Principal and soloist roles are performed by guests from Columbia Classical Ballet and Ballet Hispanico, among others. Dancers from Charlottesville Ballet are joining the cast as well as Kingsport Ballet's own professional dancers.

Prince Sigfried is danced by Nations Wilkes-Davis of Columbia Classical. Wilkes-Davis has guest performed previously with Kingsport Ballet in "The Sleeping Beauty." He is recipient of a gold medal for the junior division 2015 Valentina Koslova International Ballet Comptetition and a bronze medal (pre-professional division) winner in the 2015 World Ballet Competition in Florida. Nations is 17 years old.

This year's production marks possibly the largest collaboration between Kingsport Ballet, guest artists, and other companies.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 423-378-3967 or visiting www.kingsportballet.org or https://www.facebook.com/kingsportballet.

Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $16 for students and seniors, $10 for college students and children 5 years and younger. Special promotional rates are offered to Eastman employees. Call 423-378-3967 for more information.