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Swan Lake-La Scala theatre-12/18/07


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#1 87Sigfried87

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Posted 19 December 2007 - 02:10 AM

Last night I saw Bourmeister's version of Swan Lake with Roberto Bolle and Svetlana Zakharova.I have to say it was a magical night.I can't be impartial as this ballet is my favourite one.
When this wonderful music started i was about to jump on my seat and start dancing myself!Svetlana appears,as beautiful as always,very expressive even when picking flowers.

Act 1: I'm surprised to see Roberto Bolle perfectly in the role and not fake.He is more mature now.He looked really melancholic and a bit bored by the feast at court,which is not a bad way to interpret the situation.Very good pas de quatre,very beautiful Sabrina Brazzo in the role of the princess...and how to forget the Fool!As in the dvd,Sutera played the role:perfect technique,very good jumps,always with a real smile on face,so real in the pantomime that it made me laugh.

Act 2:Melancholic Roberto still didn't look fake but very real.Svetlana was a respectable sufferent Swan and even in the pas de deux she didn't shoot her legs up to the sky,she dosed very much her energy and the result was great!For the first time I saw the feeling in this couple,and not Zakharova dancing alone with Bolle behind.Of course I am not satisfied of the interpretation of the pas de deux from the male point of view.The prince should alternate sadness to moments in which he tries to comfort Odette,and the mood should change with the music.Anyway,as i never saw someone really taking care about these soft nuances I didn't pretend too much.At the end of the pas de deux the applause was like a cry for the strong emotions we kept inside.The audience was delirious!everybody shouted and applauded with so much energy!
The four swans were impeccably together in every single movement and the whole corps was many times better than two years ago.The lines were followed,the arms were not left to casuality...compliments to everyone!

Act 3: I didn't like the dances too much,many old people were supposed to do them and they are hard to be made if you're not young and trained enough.
The PDD was not as moving as the other one,even beacuse of the music which is "Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux" actually....but very well done.Bolle's variation was done with so much energy and so much interpretation that shot the heart of the audience.Svetlana did perfect fouettés with the double.She has really improved in this,which was her weak point.

Act 4: Happy ending of big impact.Bolle didn't look like he was fishing,when supposed to be nearly drown in the waters of the lake,which is a great improvement and at the curtain fall there were 15 minutes of uncessant applause.Everybody was very positively impressed and the comments were very good.An evening to remember.

Advices: don't buy the tickets in second gallery beacuse you see all the mistakes and imperfections and you discover how all the illusions in the scenery are made;-)!
If there are some mistakes it's because i can't reread it as i'm going to class.

#2 Paul Parish

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Posted 19 December 2007 - 04:35 PM

Thanks forthis report, db87. It's wonderful to hear that both Bolle and Zakharova are maturing as interpretive artists -- they have SO MUCH to offer.

I agree, the Bourmeister is a very interesting version of this ballet -- The Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet danced it here in San Francisco a few years ago, and it is impressively coherent and powerful.

Gotta ask, did Carbone dance? How'd she look?

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 10:23 AM

Thanks forthis report, db87. It's wonderful to hear that both Bolle and Zakharova are maturing as interpretive artists -- they have SO MUCH to offer.

I agree, the Bourmeister is a very interesting version of this ballet -- The Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet danced it here in San Francisco a few years ago, and it is impressively coherent and powerful.

Gotta ask, did Carbone dance? How'd she look?


Carbone danced the pas de quatre as in programme....she danced well,very graciousely:-)

#4 Legwarmer

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 12:54 PM

I am impressed that you say Zakharova dosed her extension. This is another huge issue with flexible dancers of today, and I'm glad to hear that she caught this.


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