Does anyone know what the one the Perm ballet is bringing to NJPAC & Princeton is like?
The current Perm Swan Lake
is by Natalia Makarova. It's fairly traditional, except that it's firmly in No Mime Country.
The Perm dvd Swan Lake
with Ananiashvili is a different version by Nikolai Boyarchikov, a seventies / eighties choreographer who at some point made a Romeo and Juliet
with three or more Juliets on stage just to show us This Could Happen To You Too.
His Swan Lake is not nearly as weird, but it is too bad Ananiashvili wasn't filmed in a better production.
My response to the big question is, by now, NONE. I'd be tempted to vote for the Kirov, because that was the best Swan Lake
dancing I have ever seen, three nights in a row. But the Jester drives me crazy. There are too many Swan Lakes (as compared to Raymonda
, for instance) and there are too many choreographers with solutions to non-existent problems in Swan Lake
Maybe it would be a good idea, as Balanchine suggested, to call every single ballet Swan Lake
no matter what it really is. That way companies would be absolved of the need to put together lousy Swan Lakes