Swan Lake’s Global Moment Program Series

This two-part series, hosted by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and World Affairs Council Pittsburgh, examines Swan Lake as a cultural touchpoint in the context of Russia’s current war on Ukraine, as well as the role of artistic performance in cultural exchange and global conflict. The programs are free and take place via Zoom. Join us for one or both programs! 

Wednesday, May 4, 12 p.m. “Reconsidering Swan Lake: Culture and Context,” with panelists Natalie Rouland, Ph.D., Scholar-in-Residence, Washington Ballet and Nancy Condee, Ph.D., Director, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Rouland and Dr. Condee discuss the cultural meaning of Swan Lake in Russian politics and ideological history.


Wednesday, May 11, 12 p.m. “Cultural Exchange and Global Conflict: Swan Lake and Beyond,” with panelists Adriana Helbig, Ph.D., Chair, Music Department, University of Pittsburgh and Dance Alloy co-founder Elsa Limbach, and moderated by journalist Mila Sanina, MS. We will look at the role of the arts as cultural export in the context of Russia’s war on Ukraine, with a focus on the experience of marginalized groups and artists during global conflict.