Wednesday, March 18, 2009
fantasy ballet in three acts (four scenes)
Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov (1895)
revised choreography and stage direction: Konstantin Sergeyev (1950)
Odette-Odile – Viktoria Tereshkina
Siegfried – Mikhail Kaniskin (Staatsballett Berlin)
Act I Pas de Trois – Irina Golub, Nadezhda Gonchar, Maxim Zyuzin
Jester – Andrei Ivanov
Rothbart – Ilya Kuznetsov
Prncess-Mother - Elena Bazhenova
Tutor - Petr Statsyunas
4 Big Swans - Iosifidi, Kondaurova, Lishuk, Vasnetsova
4 Cygnets - Vasyuchenko, Lavrinenko, Selina and ???? (a small redhead -- not Cheprassova -- certainly not the announced Nikitina)
Spanish - Ryu, Baimuradov, Smirnova, Sergeyev
Neapolitan leads - Selina, Khrebtov
Hungarian leads - Rassadina, Ioannisian
Mazurka - Berinova, Belik, Vasiletz, Khrebtova, Nikitin, Salikov, Klimov, Naumov
Act 4 Two Swans - Kondaurova, Iosifidi
Conductor – Mikhail Agrest
Last night's performance of Swan Lake
could be subtitiled 'Felicitous Facility.' The leads, as well as the Act I Pas deTrois dancers, are so easily in command of their art that, almost to a fault, there was no tension.
Odette/Odile has become one of ViktoriaTerioshkina's signature roles. One knows that she will never put a wrong foot down. Her body is poetry and the line sublime, very much like another long-limbed-but-diminutive great Odette-Odile of my childhood, Natalia Makarova. Terioshkina has Makarova's body and expressiveness in line. If there is a fault, it is that, like Michele Wiles at ABT, Terioshkina face & acting may be a bit too toned down. [The extreme opposite of this is Veronika Part, also of ABT.]
Mikhail Kaniskin was an able partner and easy-going technician, if not the sort that knocks the socks off you. I loved his floaty manner in jumps and turns, as well as his gorgeous feet.
The pas de trois dancers were elegantly beautiful...if not particularly exciting. Nice and clean.
It was, for me, the lowest-wattage night of the festival, from a crowd-reaction point of view...but nothing was wrong. Felicitous facility. Even the jester, Andrei Ivanov, was in low-key mode. If anybody 'showed the effort' and got the audienced pumped-up, it was Kuznetsov's always-thrilling, ever high-flying Von Rothbart....but his presentation was almost ruined by one obnoxious 'clacquer' in the audience -- we know the guy; I've written about him before -- who loudly 'Bravoed' every jump and turn made by Kuznetzov...four 'bravos' during his initial brief appearance at the start of scene two, imagine that! But it's characters like BRAVO MAN
who make coming to the Mariinsky such fun.
Last night's presentation paired the traditional 1950s scenery with Vinogradov's over-glittery costumes, e.g., a jester in electric-blue unitard with red glitter in the ball scene. Curiously, according to the playbill, the evening was in honor of the 100th birthday of the designer of the 1950s costumes, Simon Virsaladze! So he was 'honored' trotting out the vulgar costumes of 1995? Geez Louise...