When: Fri., April 1, 8 p.m., Sat., April 2, 2:30 & 8 p.m. and Sun., April 3, 2:30 p.m. 2016
Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake is one of the most famous ballets, but, thanks to the large number of revisions and variations the work has undergone since its 1877 premiere, it's not the best known. It only makes sense, though, that the story of a young woman being turned into a swan would have a certain mutability. Saint Louis Ballet presents its first Swan Lake since 2010 at 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday (April 1 to 3) at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road; 314-516-4949 or www.touhill.org). This version uses Tchaikovsky's score and artistic director Gen Horiuchi's choreography to tell the tragic story of how Princess Odette, who is cursed by the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart to be a swan by day and woman by night, falls in love with handsome Prince Siegfried. Von Rothbart's daughter Odile uses trickery to foil their love and trap Odette forever in the body of a swan. There is one chance for the lovers to be united forever — it's not a happy ending, though. Tickets for Swan Lake are $22 to $51.