Published On: Sat, Jun 15th, 2019

Moscow Ballet’s ‘Swan Lake’ show in Manila pushes through despite ‘major issue’

The performance still pushes through even after the gala night events have been cancelled

Published 10:19 PM, June 14, 2019

Updated 10:22 PM, June 14, 2019

SWAN LAKE. The Moscow Ballet 'La Classique' performs the classic ballet by Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky. Photo courtesy of the Moscow Ballet 'La Classique'

SWAN LAKE. The Moscow Ballet ‘La Classique’ performs the classic ballet by Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky. Photo courtesy of the Moscow Ballet ‘La Classique’

MANILA, Philippines – The gala night of Swan Lake as performed by the renowned Moscow Ballet “La Classique” pushed through on Friday, June 14, despite the organizer’s earlier announcement of a cancellation.

Shortly before the event, the show’s Facebook page posted on behalf of producers Royal Chimes Concerts and Event an announcement of the show’s cancellation “due to a major issue between the organizer and the Russian group.”

The announcement, apparently written by the producers’ PR agency, did not go further into the reason for the cancellation.

However, about 30 minutes later, another post went up on the show’s Facebook page saying that the performance at the New Frontier Theater will proceed as scheduled.

A representative from the Philippine producer’s PR agency later clarified to Rappler that while the gala night events were cancelled, the performance itself pushed through late on Friday.

While some people were able to catch the performance when it started, other ticket holders had left because of the previous announcement that the show was cancelled. According to the PR representative, they will be announcing updates for ticket holders who were not able to watch.

Choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, the Moscow Ballet “La Classique” production of Swan Lake was danced by the Moscow Ballet company, along with Bolshoi Ballet stars Alexander Volchkov and Anastasia Goryacheva, who replaced Nina Kaptsova in the cast after the latter needed rehabilitation for an ankle issue.

The performance was accompanied by the Russian Symphony Orchestra, under maestro Yaroslav Tkalenko.

The PR representative confirmed that the show will run as scheduled, until June 22. – Rappler.com

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