Swan Lake in Blue
About Swan Lake in Blue
Featuring big band jazz music as well as a company of tap and jazz dancers, "Swan Lake in Blue: A Jazz Ballet" is inspired by and loosely based on Tchaikovsky's masterpiece "Swan Lake." It tells the story of a Broadway producer who falls madly in love with a burlesque dancer, Odette. He then discovers that she is under the control of a terrible mob boss and is being forced to perform nightly at The Swan Club. Passion, betrayal and mistaken identities ensue—will Odette fly away from her past or stay caged forever?
"Swan Lake in Blue: A Jazz Ballet" was created and composed by renowned jazz musician and composer Steve Bass, and choreographed and staged by GBSC Associate Artistic Director and multiple IRNE and Elliot Norton Award Winner Ilyse Robbins.
Composer and creator Steve Bass says of the Premiere, “Jazz was my first musical love, and I’ve also always loved tap dance. This piece is ballet at its core— storytelling though dance and instrumental music—and I have replaced the classical orchestra with a jazz big band and replaced the ballet dancers with tap, jazz, and lyrical dancers. The idea was to have something that looked and sounded much closer to a Broadway musical, but with no words—a Jazz Ballet.”