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Ballet Nebraska’s Swan Lake reveals the story behind the swans

Ballet Nebraska’s Swan Lake reveals the story behind the swans

OMAHA — October 10, 2016 — Rows of graceful ballerinas, clad in flowing white tutus and crowned with feathers, form the iconic image of the beloved classical ballet Swan Lake. But what’s the story behind all those swans? That’s the question that Ballet Nebraska aims to answer in its new season-opening production, artistic director Erika Overturff said. Premiering October 22 at the Orpheum, the new Swan Lake will stay true to the ballet’s timeless aesthetics, she said, while revealing the drama behind them. “We’re filling […]



Ballerina watching: buses, billboards and artists’ brushes

Ballerina watching:  buses, billboards and artists’ brushes

OMAHA — Sep. 28, 2016 — September was a great month for ballerina watching! We spied Ballet Nebraska dancers adorning bus ads, billboards and even artists’ canvases. Dueling bus ads featuring Erin Alarcon (as Odette, the white swan) and Vivi DiMarco (as Odile, the black swan) bedecked city buses in Omaha in anticipation of Ballet Nebraska’s upcoming season debut of Swan Lake at Orpheum Theater on Oct. 22. Dancers Katherine Eppink and Anna Swenson graced billboards lining Interstate 80 to the delight of commuters everywhere. […]



Ballet Nebraska takes ‘Swan Lake’ to the catwalk at Omaha Fashion Week

Ballet Nebraska takes ‘Swan Lake’ to the catwalk at Omaha Fashion Week

OMAHA — Aug. 25, 2016 — A bevy of beautiful swans graced the platforms and runways at Omaha Fashion Week on Thursday evening for an enchanting mix of ballet and high fashion. Donning costumes from the company’s upcoming production of Swan Lake, Ballet Nebraska dancers Erin Alarcon, Vivi DiMarco, Katie van der Mars, Bret Samson, Claire Goodwillie, Anna Swenson, Katherine Eppink, Chloe Watson, Amaris Sharratt, Alyssa Grimsley, Alexandra Hoffman and Whitney Walsh entertained guests at the Pretty in Patina Pre-Party at Omaha Fashion Week. The […]



Nilas Martins brings Danish choreographer August Bournonville’s world to life

Nilas Martins brings Danish choreographer August Bournonville’s world to life

OMAHA — Aug. 15, 2016 — Guest choreographer Nilas Martins may be a visitor to Omaha, but he’ll be on familiar ground as he joins the company this week to stage Ballet Nebraska’s production of Bournonville Divertissements. A native of Denmark, Martins received his ballet training at the Royal Danish Ballet School — just like August Bournonville, the 19th-century master choreographer whose works are featured in Bournonville Divertissements. When New York City Ballet presented Bournonville Divertissements as part of its 2015 Spring Gala, it was […]



‘Swan Lake’ opens Ballet Nebraska’s captivating seventh season of dance

‘Swan Lake’ opens Ballet Nebraska’s captivating seventh season of dance

OMAHA, NE — Aug. 5, 2016 —  Ballet Nebraska will start work next week on the company’s seventh season of professional dance opening October 22 at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater with the iconic classical ballet Swan Lake.  “If there’s one great work that embodies classical dance, it’s Swan Lake,” said Erika Overturff, Ballet Nebraska’s founder and artistic director. “Its signature roles – Odette, the noble Swan Queen, and Odile, the malevolently seductive Black Swan – have become symbols of ballet in popular culture. Its story is […]