A Look at "city.ballet." Episode 10: Swan Lake

January 7, 2014

In this episode, we get to see what really goes into dancing a full-length story ballet. And Swan Lake is no ordinary ballet, especially for the lucky dancers chosen to perform the coveted role of Odette/Odile. Even just watching these ballerinas rehearse is exhausting—but it’s also breathtaking.

New York City Ballet only did six performances of Swan Lake. But since the lead role of Odette/Odile is so taxing (she dances for over an hour of the 2.5-hour ballet), it’s shared by three principal ballerinas, Sara Mearns, Ashley Bouder and Theresa Reichlen.

“Most people in the audience watch from the waist up, especially in a role like this…with so much acting. Where your eyes are. That will do it all for the audience. That will make them cry at the end. And that’s kind of what we’re going for. I want tears.” —Sara Mearns, NYCB principal

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