Summer Dance 2015 Featuring Joseph Albano’s Swan Lake, Premieres at Mohegan Sun


Scheduled for Thursday, August 6th, the ballet classic heads to The Cabaret Theatre

UNCASVILLE, CT (July 15, 2015) — The Hartford-based, Albano Ballet Company will be  performing its Summer Dance featuring Joseph Albano’s  Swan Lake World Premiere in the Cabaret Theatre at Mohegan Sun on Thursday, August 6th at 7:00pm. The performance is set to feature a backdrop designed and painted in an art deco style by Broadway’s Leo Meyer. Swan Lake will showcase all new choreography by Albano, encapsulating the definite elements of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet.
Tightening up the standard commedia del arte gesturing with kinetic pantomime and dance, Albano weaves the original story of a swan under the spell of an evil wizard with dramatic communication and contemporary theatrical stylistics. “Updating this signature ballet to today’s audiences is what my creation is all about,” Albano adds.
Only the love of Prince Siegfried can free the swan who is indeed a woman. The delicate, fragile swan bird is the image for ballet since this art form originated.
Hanna Holcomb, who made her European debut on the famed Ariston stage in San Remo, Italy in 2014 in Albano’s Symphonic Dances to music by Rachmaninoff, is dancing the ballerina role of the Swan Queen.
“Its nuances from swan to woman and vice-versa,” she says, “requires the ultimate in both technical and emotional transfer.”
“Only 18 years old, and a sophomore at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Hanna is the epitome of the gentle, graceful swan,” Albano declares.
Prince Siegfried, around whom the dramatic action evolves is portrayed by Eric Carnes, a principal dancer with the Albano Company. He is accompanied by Henry Seth, a 15-year veteran of the New York City Ballet, and others of the impressive male contingent in the Albano troupe.
The Ishtar Ballet opens the program with impressionistic music by Vincent D’Indy. A Babylonian myth, the goddess, Ishtar gives birth to life.
Leo Meyer designed and painted the historic Gates of Ishtar as the backdrop. Involved masks and headpieces embellish this theatrical vision.
Honoring the late New London composer, Dr. Charles Frink, who wrote the music for the Minister’s Black Veil, a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, details a modern ballet dance drama.
The Minister’s Black Veil premiered last season to critical acclaim. Now, residents in the greater New London region will see both Frink’s and Albano’s collaboration. Both are native to New London.
Tickets are $35.00 and $30.00 and are available now at  Mohegan Sun’s Box Office and through Ticketmaster customers can also call their national toll free Charge By Phone number, 1.800.745.3000; or visit any Ticketmaster outlet. For more information, visit
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