Our recent trip to see the Moscow City Ballet perform Swan Lake was amazing. Predictably, one of my favourite ballets, it tells one of the most famous stories of love.
We dressed up in our finery and headed to The Poole Lighthouse, not such a classic theatre as the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, but an excellent theatre all the same. The performance was not until 7.30pm, and we had arrived a little early, and so we grabbed a drink at the bar and sat down excitedly with other people, whilst we talked about what we were about to see.
For this performance, Odette/Odile was performed by Liliya Orekhova, and I have to say that it was one of the best, most beautiful and graceful performances that I have yet seen. The part of Prince Siegfried was danced by Talgat Kozhabaev, a tall and powerfully built dancer, who's obvious size became a feather when transformed into dance.
As Liliya played the parts of both Odette and Odile, as is customary, one could not help but feel sorry for the Prince, and the way in which he had become bewitched.
The corps de ballet were superb, their precision and timing was perfect, and dancing was elegant and beautiful, an absolute joy to watch.Von Rothbart, as ever wicked and manipulative, was played by Daniil Orlov, another giant of a man, who moved around the whole stage with incredible speed and skill, as though he also weighed nothing.
What more can I say? I could tell you the whole plot, but that wouldn't be fair on those who haven't seen it yet. And so, all I will leave you with is this.....If you get the chance to see Swan Lake performed by a good company, go! If you have never been, and think it is just boring...give it a go!
Just a quick post for now......thanks for visiting.