Posted 02 August 2014 - 10:08 PM
Saturday, August 2 matinée
Odette & Odile - Yulia Stepanova
Prince Siegfried - Xander Parish
Rothbart - Andrei Ermakov
The Prince's Friends - Anastasia Nikitina, Nadezhda Gonchar, Vasily Tkachenko
Cygnets - Anastasia Asaben, Oksana Marchuk, Anastasia Mikheikina, Elena Firsova
Big Swans - Viktoria Brilyova, Alisa Sodolyova, Yulianna Chereshkevich, Zlata Yalinich
Two Swans - Nadezhda Batoeva, Nadezhda Gonchar
Spanish Dance - Viktoria Brilyova, Anastasia Petushkova, Yaroslav Pushkov, Kamil Yangurazov
Neapolitan Dance - Oksana Marchuk, Oleg Demchenko
Hungarian Dance - Ksenia Dubrovina, Kirill Leontyev
Mazurka - Olga Belik, Elena Androsova, Ekaterina Bondarenko, Maria Shevyakova, Dmitri Sharapov, Roman Belyakov, Maxim Petrov, Vadim Belyaev
The Pas de trois of the First Act wasn't memorable. Nikitina the only one refined of the three.
The Cygnets, the Big Swans and the corps de ballet in the White acts were what you come to expect from Mariinsky (their Grishko pointes were distinctly noisy on the ROH stage surface). Compared to the phenomenal expansiveness and amount of nuance in Stepanova's interpretation they felt subdued and remote as if all the Swans were immersed in a state of trance.
Ermakov was razor sharp as Rothbart, on one occasion the flap of his wing entangling Odette so tight that Yulia freed herself from his embrace with difficulty.
The Saturday evening cast identical to the Friday night except for the two principals and Filip Styopin replacing Kim Kimin in Pas de trois.