Idan Cohen’s Swan Lake, Sans Swans

Idan Cohen’s Swan Lake, photo by Marek Weis

Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 PM, the Center for Performance Research will present Israeli choreographer Idan Cohen’s intriguing 2009 version of Swan Lake.  Though this 21st-century interpretation does away with the fairy tale narrative, the royal court, and the corps of swans, Cohen preserved Tchaikovsky’s heart-wrenching score, only cutting a few sections so that his piece is eighty minutes in length.  Additionally, he and his cast of three dancers explored themes in the original story – human nature, good versus evil, and different aspects of beauty – while considering the relevance of these themes in their lives today.

Performances of Idan Cohen’s Swan Lake are free and, most likely, fouette-free.  April 7th and 8th at 7:30 PM at the Center for Performance Research, 361 Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn.  Directions to CPR are here.

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