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Book inspires a warmer ‘Swan Lake’

Margaret Severin-Hansen as the White Swan in the Carolina Ballet’s production of “Swan Lake.”
Margaret Severin-Hansen as the White Swan in the Carolina Ballet’s production of “Swan Lake.”

What’s on: “Swan Lake”

The back story: Carolina Ballet artistic director Robert Weiss wanted “Swan Lake” in the company’s repertoire but didn’t have enough dancers for the traditional version. But after reading a more intimate version of the story in a children’s book by Lisbeth Zwerger, Weiss realized it would work for his staging. The story is still about a young woman turned into a swan by a sorcerer’s spell and the prince who tries to break it, but with a warmer, more romantic atmosphere.

What to look for: Zwerger’s delicate, pastel illustrations brought to life by Jeff A.R. Jones’ sets and David Heuvel’s costumes; the imaginative way the swans are made to seem in flight; the vividly dramatic Tchaikovsky score played live by the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.

Where and when to see it: Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and April 19.

Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham. 8 p.m. May 2; 2 p.m. May 3.

Tickets: $24.55 - $77.93 (includes tax)

Info for Raleigh performances: 919-719-0900 or carolinaballet.com

Info for Durham performances: 919-680-2787 or dpacnc.com

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