Moscow City Ballet: Swan Lake – Bord Gais Energy Theatre – Review
by Frank L.
10 Feb 2020 – 15 Feb 2020
Swan Lake produced by Moscow City Ballet
The Moscow City Ballet is in Dublin until this Saturday, during which time they will perform three classical ballets with music composed by Tchaikovsky; Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. On Monday night it was Swan Lake that was performed. The interpretation is quite traditional so should suit audience members who enjoy the classics as they were originally intended, without any modern spin or slant. The Moscow City Ballet was formed in 1988 by Russian choreographer Victor Smirnov-Golovanov with the aim to promote the “great 19th and 20th-century Russian choreographers”.
The role of Odile/Odette was danced by the prima ballerina Liliia Orekhova and she encompassed the two very different characters with a masterful display. She has the gift of appearing both fragile and vulnerable while capable of the most impressive displays of powerful athleticism. As her besotted lover, Prince Siegfried (Mikhailo Tchachuk) provided the necessary male support to enable her to work her magic. Von Rothbart was danced by Daniil Orlov who was entirely adequate in the role but his physique is not such that he appears to be a threatening figure so he did not generate the sense of overpowering malevolent menace that the part requires. The swans as the corps de ballet were a joy to behold as they moved with synchronised precision. One of the highlights of the ballet is the dance of the four cygnets which Anastasia Krutina, Kseniya Stakevich, Kseniya Basnet and Rachel Hernon executed with accomplished excellence.
The sets and the costumes while entirely evocative of a classical interpretation of the piece somehow looked a bit dated. They create a nostalgic charm for a time past but perhaps the dancing would be better served if the costumes of colour were more co-ordinated and more in harmony with each other.
That said it was a night to be enjoyed and Orekhova led the company in what was two hours plus of magic.
The Moscow City Ballet
Monday 10th February 2020 – Swan Lake
Tuesday 11th February 2020 – Swan Lake
Wed 12th Feb – The Sleeping Beauty
Thurs 13th Feb – The Nutcracker
Friday 14th February – Swan Lake
Saturday 15th February 2020 – 2:30pm and 7.30pm – – Swan Lake