Prima ballerina white swan on stage bow and curtsey to the audience against other dancers. Ballet Swan Lake, the Opera House in Kiev, Ukraine.

Prima ballerina white swan on stage bow and curtsey to the audience against other dancers. Ballet Swan Lake, the Opera House in Kiev, Ukraine.

Music / Nicholas Newman / Oxford / Oxfordshire / Review / Theatre

Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake

A review by Nicholas Newman and Alicja Czermak

Last night the Russian State Ballet of Siberia performed Swan Lake at Oxford’s New Theatre.

This Russian ballet company is in the midst of its 2020 United Kingdom tour, and Wednesday’s performance was the last night of its three days in Oxford.

The Ballet’s soloists were Odette/Odile played by Sayaka Takuda and Prince Siegfried performed by Georgy Bolsunovsky.

About the ballet

Swan Lake is a ballet composed by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1875–76. Despite its initial failure, it is now one of the world’s most popular ballets.

The scenario, initially in two acts, was initially based on a mix of Russian and German folk tales and tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. The choreographer of the original production was Julius Reisinger. The ballet was premiered by the Bolshoi Ballet on 4 March 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

As for the performance

It was the first ballet I was going to watch and I wasn’t sure what to expect from it. Swan Lake is the most famous among classic ballets. Being performed by Russian State Ballet of Siberia sounded very promising same as fully-packed theatre.

I was a bit sceptic, but unnecessarily. Tchaikovsky’s orchestra music played underneath the stage was a pure masterpiece and watching the swirling skilful dancers into these tunes was a delicacy for the eyes. Both- dance and melody were perfectly merged. Dynamic sounds were expressed magnificently in the moves, slow tunes in the elegant poses and difficult swirls that seemed to be made without any effort.

Between each scene there were little pauses in the music to give an audience a chance to praise the actors with applause. The biggest appreciation was given to the ‘Dance of the Little Swans’ and ‘Odile solo dance’.

Stunning costumes filled the scenes with bright colours in the ballroom were at next they were balanced with shiny, calm white swans by the lake. These details made me feel I wanted to catch all the dancers at the same time. Dynamic of ACTION, spectacular choreography, dramatic music, all of it gave me Goosebumps while watching.

I felt absolutely moved by this tragic tale of the love    when prince disappears in stormy lake forever and the end of the story.

The audience gave booming applause to the all performers. I hope seeing Swan Lake with Russian State of Siberia is a first chapter into my own romance with the ballet.

About Russian State Ballet of Siberia

They established it in 1981 and are one of Russia’s leading ballet companies and have built an international reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality and unusual depth. The soloists and corps de ballet are superb and never fail to delight audiences with their breath-taking physical ability and dazzling costumes. It is based at the Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre, in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

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