Another choreographer has found parallels in the personal turmoil of England's Prince Charles and Swan Lake's Prince Siegfried. While Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake focused on Charles' relationship with his icy royal mother (and those male swans in feathered knickers), Graeme Murphy's Swan Lake for the Australian Ballet considers the tabloid triangle of Prince Charles, Princess Diana and Camilla, now Duchess of Cornwall. While keeping the bones of the story, Murphy makes some strategic changes. The evil sorcerer Von Rothbart becomes the equally evil Baroness, who manipulates the prince into betraying the heroine into an insane asylum, where she imagines flocks of dancing swans. Since its 2002 premiere, this lavish production has become Australian Ballet's most popular ballet but only now receives its West Coast premiere with five performances to open the Music Center's 2014-15 dance series with that luscious Tchaikovsky score played by a live orchestra. Swan Lake has been fair game for choreographic fiddling since Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov resuscitated it in 1895 after its initial, critically panned premiere in 1877. With the ongoing fascination with England's royals, could another Swan Lake be coming that casts Kate Middleton as the Swan Queen and William as Prince Siegfried? Or maybe that still-eligible Prince Harry? Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Thu.-Fri., Oct. 9-10, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 11, 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 12, 2 p.m., $36-$152. (213) 972-0711,

Oct. 9-11, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 11, 1:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 12, 2 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 10/12/14)

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