Ballet of the Dolls presents 'Whatever Happened to...Swan Lake?' this weekend

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Photo by Mike Grogan
​Lately, it seems you can't go 24 hours without hearing about a slew of new movies in 3D. Instead of wearing (and paying extra) for those 3D glasses to see films that probably shouldn't be in 3D in the first place (Jackass), why not just cut out the middleman and go see some living, breathing human beings perform right before your eyes?

For starters, this week the Ballet of the Dolls will be performing their fresh and witty spin on traditional dance with Whatever Happened to...Swan Lake? over at the Ritz Theater. 


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Swan Lake
​Ballet of the Dolls founder and choreographer Myron Johnson took inspiration for the production from both traditional and notorious, larger-than-life personas that have sprouted from well-known classical ballet stories and movies about aging Hollywood divas.  

Whatever Happened to... Swan Lake? is a clever and entertaining marriage between Tchaikovsky's well-known ballet Swan Lake,  and the gloriously gothic showdown between Hollywood's grand dames Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in the 1962 film Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, a tale about two aging former stars and sisters; one turned crazy, and the other crippled.
 
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"Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?"
​Rivalries sparked by intense jealousy and enchanted adventures ensue, toeing the line of the beauty of Swan Lake and the wickedness between Jane and Blanche in a way only the Dolls could pull off. And best of all, it will all be danced out right in front of you, without the need for 3D glasses. 

The performances will run through October 30 at the Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis Thursdays, Fridays, and and Saturdays at 8 p.m., plus Sundays at 7 p.m.


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