Extraordinary performers can enliven and elevate even the most dreary of choreography and, in today’s dance marketplace, the current superstars – Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev – could probably… Continue Reading
…his [Xander Parish] line was sensational from every angle, his long feet and legs perfectly placed and his jump soaring and immaculately musical.
Conductor Alexei Repnikov’s sluggish tempo doesn’t help — it’s impossible to get any momentum going, any real dancing. Only in the lakeside pas de deux does the slow pace pay off, with Stepanova eking out Tchaikovsky’s every note, unfurling a limb with delicate…
An impeccable legion of swans. The dances of the first scene shaped with an unfailing elegance. A Siegfried (Timur Askerov) of quietly dignified presence, of commanding technical resource, of dramatic sincerity. And an Odette/Odile from Oxana Skorik of fine-drawn beauty.
The Mariinsky corps de ballet is superbly disciplined, its steps and groupings perfectly synchronised. Swans, courtiers and national dancers sway and flow with shared refinement.
The dual nature of the lead ballerina role, yearning swan-woman Odette and manipulative vamp Odile, is the deepest mystery of all. Perhaps the impossibility of reconciling these elements, of finally locating the source of Swan Lake’s power, is what keeps us hooked.
Her [Uliana Lopatkina] soft arms, graceful back and delicate feet make each pose, every attitude, both a glorious picture and a sentence in the story of her enchantment.