Theatre Director: Valery Voronin
Artistic Director: Konstantin Uralsky
Conducter: Sergey Grinev
Reviewer: Vicki Goodwin
The Russian State Ballet and Opera House brought the Floral Pavilion to rapturous applause during their performance of Tchaikovski’s classic Swan Lake.
Directed and choreographed by famed former Bolshoi Theatre Ballet Dancer, Konstantin Uralsky, the production features the talents of a mesmerising cast, as well as a thirty piece orchestra who bring Tchaikovski’s iconic score to life.
Despite being composed in the 19th Century, Swan Lake continues to be regarded as the most popular ballet in existence. Tchaikovski’s score based on an old Russian folk story of a young Princess turned into a swan has been captivating audiences since its 1877 debut.
Following his birthday celebrations, Prince Siegfried (Anton Piastsekhin) is invited by his mentor Baron von Rothbart (Alexander Zverev) to visit his magical theatre on the lake to watch the swan-girls dance. Events take an unexpected turn when the Prince falls in love with the beautiful swan Princess, Odette. After dancing together the Prince invites Odette to his ball where he will be choosing his future wife. Obviously events are never allowed to unfold pleasingly, so Von Rothbart hatches a plan to make sure that Odette (Anastasia Turchina) never leaves his theatre for love. Enter Odile (Vera Kharchenko) whose beauty enchants the Prince so much that he forgets all about his promise to Odette. This betrayal causes a storm which floods the castle. It is during this uproar that the Prince realises the depth of his love for Odette and challenges the much stronger Baron.
Watching Swan Lake performed live is a very special experience, especially when it is performed with such flawless grace. Each of the principal dancers display technical perfection, with special mention going to Arthur Almukhametov for bringing such a joyful presence to the stage. He was definitely a favourite with the audience, and rightly so. The swan girls were also enchanting to behold. Their moments on the stage were beautiful, with credit given to lighting manager (Alexey Akimov) who lit the lake scenes so expertly that it really felt as though we had been transported to a far away magical land. Of course it’s not only the dancing that makes Swan Lake so hypnotic, the score acts as the vehicle that transports us. The orchestra were impeccable, none more so that during the finale which is emotional enough to bring a tear to the eye of anyone watching.
Reviewed on 11th November 2015