Natalia Vodianova – model, actress and philanthropist, ambassador for the Sochi Olympics and Paralympics in 2014 – has been cast as ‘the Storyteller’ for Mariinsky Live Swan Lake, the world’s first live 3D ballet broadcast. The first in the Mariinsky Live series from the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Russia, Swan Lake will be broadcast (on delay) worldwide on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 6:30 PM local time.
“Beautiful and talented, we are thrilled that Natalia is ‘the face’ of Mariinsky Live,” says producer Ann McGuire of Glass Slipper, the company who planned this ground-breaking production. “She is the perfect ‘Storyteller.’”
Natalia will introduce people around the world to the Mariinsky, Swan Lake, and St. Petersburg. A guest of honour at the Gala opening of the magnificent new Mariinsky ll theatre last month, Natalia is well-known for her love of St Petersburg, its famous theatre and ballet.
“For me, as a little girl growing up in a difficult family situation and a very difficult time in Russia, my grandmother taking me to a ballet provided a very important emotional escape,” said the super model when asked why ballet is important to her. “It was an introduction to a kind of beauty that unites nations and an opportunity to dream of a better life.”
THE REINTERPRETATION OF A MASTERPIECE
Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, Swan Lake, is one the world’s most revered ballets. It originally debuted at the world-famous Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg in 1895 by the composer and choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. This renowned company takes great pride in presenting the definitive production of this romantic fairytale, the version upon which all others have been based. Swan Lake is a story that has inspired numerous productions, parodies and even the Darren Aronofsky’s Academy Award-winning film, Black Swan. Now, audiences in the U.S. will get to experience the Mariinsky ballet’s Swan Lake as it’s never been seen before.
In celebration of 275 years of Russian ballet, Omniverse Vision Ltd. and NCM Fathom Events, in association with Cameron-Pace Group with Glass Slipper and the Mariinsky Theatre, are thrilled to present this stunning new re-interpretation, Mariinsky Live Swan Lake, to moviegoers in both 2-D and RealD 3D from the historic Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. This exclusive event will be led by multi-award winning Artistic DirectorValery Gergiev. Mariinsky’s principle ballerina and the latest brilliant star from the company, Ekaterina Kondaurova, will star in the main role as ‘Odette/Odile.’ For the first time ever, this classic ballet will be captured using the same Academy Award®-winning technology created by the Cameron-Pace Group for films such as Avatar, Hugo and Life of Pi.
Tickets for Mariinsky Live Swan Lake are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).