Reviews of the Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra in "Swan Lake."
The Orange County Register
The Los Angeles Times
All the complaints usually leveled at Russian companies apply here.
The sets, by the current standards of touring ballet, are strictly Old School: simple painted backdrops, for the most part, although there was a handsome and fairly detailed rendering of a palace ballroom in the third act. If you think creative scenic design is impractical for touring ballet, Google Ballet de Monte Carlo's wondrous sets for "Cinderella," which played the Segerstrom Center in February.
It's clear why Skorik is being groomed for greater heights, but whether she has the strength and confidence to pull herself to the pinnacle is another matter. She drifted precipitously during the signature fouettée (whipped) turns and had to start again. Mistakes happen, but, as the British say, keep calm and carry on. Skorik, on the hand, was rattled and concluded the ballet in a bleaker humor.