Swan Lake on Chapultepec Lake

By Oswaldo Mejía

The Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Institute of Fine Arts) and the Compañía Nacional de Danza (National Dance Company) will perform Swan Lake during its 38th season, to be held on the lower lake island of Chapultepec Park in Mexico City. There will 19 performances of the classic ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Chapultepec Park is one of the oldest urban parks in the Americas and one of the most traditional in Mexico and has been visited by generations of families. The extensive gardens, lakes and fountains make it the best natural setting for Swan Lake, which fuses art and ecology through the music of the Russian composer.

After 37 years of presenting this traditional show, attendees will enjoy a magical and colorful production of a new version of the classic Swan Lake, wich now includes resources that new technologies provide, such as a water screen, 2D projections, the installation of a castle and 5,000 LED lights. The show will also include dancers from the National Folk Dance Company and the National School of Classical and Contemporary Dance.

In an interview with the director of the company, Laura Morelos, explained that 140 new costumes were created and the choreography is based on the work of Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa. With innovations  to present something majestic. It should be noted that the production is designed to respect the natural habitat and the flora and fauna of the park. The park’s aromas, moon- and starlight, and even the weather all will add new dimensions and perspectives to the show.

The 38th season of Swan Lake by the Compañía Nacional de Danza will consist of 19 shows from March 27, to April 13, Wednesday to Sunday at 8pm, and from April 16 to 20, at 8:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the box offices of Centro Cultural del Bosque, Palacio de Bellas Artes and through the electronic ticketing system.

The show lasts approximately 70 minutes. It does not have an intermission, and because it is staged outdoors suitable clothing and umbrellas are suggested. Taking photos and videos, no matter  the equipment, is prohibited. You should arrive 45 minutes early because of the distance to be traveled on foot inside the Bosque de Chapultepec.

In case of bad weather the show will be canceled, so it is important to keep your ticket, since it will be your entrance for the rescheduled show, the date of which will be announced at the time of cancellation. The cost of tickets for cancelled shows can also be refunded at site where you bought the tickets.


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