If you’re a fan of the ballet, you won’t want to miss the legendary National Ballet Theatre of Odessa’s performance of Swan Lake on Jan. 11 at the Johnny Mercer Theatre.

If you’re not familiar with the story of “Swan Lake,” it’s the tale of Odette, a princess who is turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. The story also follows a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from the evil spell. The story is based on Russian and German folk tales and is set to music by world-famous Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky. This full-scale production will feature four acts with one intermission.


And professional ballerina and soloist in this show, Anna Tyutyunnyk, says the signature performance of “Swan Lake” that is coming to Savannah is very unique.

“Many of the dancers are from the Ukraine where they are trained at a very high level of dance,” she explains. “We are dancing to very beautiful choreography … and the costumes are very beautiful, as well.”

Tyutyunnyk explains she’s been dancing almost her entire life and has spent the past 10 years dancing with Ukrainian ballet group.

The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa is based in Ukraine and is recognized as one of the most prestigious institutions of classical ballet in Russia. The group is also known for their strong mission to preserve the famed heritage of the great Russian ballets, like “Swan Lake,” and this new tour to the U.S. will feature 55 of the most talented and brightest ballet stars from their company.

Tyutyunnyk admits this trip to Savannah will be her first visit to the Coastal Empire, but she says she’s heard great things. “I’ve heard it’s a very beautiful city and I’m very excited to see it.

“... I hope the audience is ready to be transported to a fairy tale,” she adds. “We all should have some fairy tales in our life.”