Tanya Strautmann of Saint Louis Ballet performs in "Swan Lake," which will be staged this weekend at the Touhill Center at UMSL.

The 2010 film “Black Swan” earned critical praise, box office success and an Oscar for best actress for Natalie Portman. It also drew wider attention to the classic ballet “Swan Lake.”

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “the film’s success was not lost” on Saint Louis Ballet Artistic Director Gen Horiuchi. He decided the timing was right to revive his choreographed version (last staged eight months prior to the film release) for performances this weekend at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

“And it’s such a beautiful Tchaikovsky score,” Horiuchi told the Post-Dispatch. “It’s one of the first ballets that he composed, and one of the most dramatic.”

Saint Louis Ballet’s presentation of “Swan Lake,” set to Tchaikovsky’s score, will be staged at 8 p.m. April 27 and 28, 2:30 p.m. April 28 and 3 p.m. April 29 at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center at UMSL. Tickets are $25-$45. Visit touhill.org or call 314-516-4949 to order tickets.

Ryan Heinz

Ryan Heinz