Gia Kourlas reviews Les Ballets de Monte Carlo's "Lac":
In “Swan Lake,” the timeless ballet about a swan queen, the prince who loves her and the black swan who seduces him, the real tragedy happens when choreographers try to sex it up. The music, the story, the swans: It’s already there.
But here we go again. In the world according to “Lac (After Swan Lake),” a trashy reinterpretation by Jean-Christophe Maillot for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, there are two types of women: the kind you marry and the kind you sleep with. Anja Behrend’s White Swan is pure, modest and mute. She can’t emote with her hands, which are deformed by white feathers: They don’t flap, they flop. April Ball’s primal Black Swan is a predator. Her mother, known as Her Majesty of the Night (Maude Sabourin), is even more overheated.