Dada Masilo's 'Swan Lake' | Moore Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College | Dance | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice


Dada Masilo's 'Swan Lake'

When: Wed., Jan. 20, 7 p.m. and Thu., Jan. 21, 7 p.m. 2016

Dada Masilo’s Swan Lake ain’t your grandmother’s ballet. Born and raised in Soweto, South Africa, the dancer and choreographer has earned international recognition for infusing classic works with her African perspective. In previous projects, Masilo has adapted favorites such as Romeo and Juliet and Carmen, melding the high-flying elements of classical ballet with the ground-based steps of African dance. Now, the leading lady gives Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece her signature treatment, using both movement and gender-bending costuming to take on segregation, homophobia and other contemporary issues of her native country. Masilo and company head to Dartmouth College with the show that, as the Independent writes, “starts as a commentary on the world’s best-known ballet, then spins into its own world.”

Price: $17-50.

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