If you own anything made of velvet, you probably wonder: When should I attend the ballet? Drama queen, snobby freak, twee boy, corset girl, vintage clothing owner the San Francisco Ballet's production of Swan Lake is for you. It is time to attend the ballet now. Do not bar any holds with your outfit for tonight, diva, because this full-length story ballet is wildly lavish of set and costume, is danced by our own international-grade cygnets, and is a rare manifestation of all three acts. And Tchaikovsky gets a bad rap it isn't his fault that the music from The Nutcracker makes everyone homicidal now, and this score is massively gorgeous. Besides, artistic director Helgi Tomasson's new choreography in last year's Lake had dance critics shrieking with injured classicism, and you cannot pay for that kind of drama. Everyone loved what he did with the corps de ballet, though, and as long as he keeps Odile's epic and nearly impossible 32 fouettés en tournant (made famous by Pierina Legnani in 1895) in there somewhere, it's on.
Jan. 29-31, 8 p.m., 2010