A review of the Mariinsky Ballet
in "Swan Lake."
The San Francisco Chronicle
The San Francisco Examiner
This Mariinsky visit brings us a mixture of veterans and new faces; casting changes widely from performance to performance. Wednesday, Ekaterina Kondaurova introduced herself to Bay Area balletomanes.
The Moscow-born dancer, now 30, seems at the height of her powers. Kondaurova's magnificent extension, molded instep and port de bras conspired to give us an almost heroic Odette, defiant, yet free of sentimentality.
Her fierce Odile adds up to a series of nonstop thrills
Danila Korsuntsev was an underwhelming Prince Siegfried, due more to wooden theatrics than technical failing. Karen Ionnisyan, a corps member who set the stage alight in Act 2’s Spanish Dance, or Zverev, might be more interesting dramatic choices for the part. On the whole, the female corps was more in sync and gave warmer performances than the men, many of whom seemed stiff.
Though "Swan Lake" would benefit from being staged in a larger space, the Mariinsky Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky's iconic score to rousing, subliminal heights made up for Zellerbach’s cramped atmosphere.