Kirov In Amsterdam, Swan Lake
Posted 26 March 2001 - 05:29 PM
Veronika Part may be a beautiful dancer, her Odette-Odile is also tedious and utterly uninteresting. As Odette she struck just a few nice positions but forgot to create a character; as Odile she lacked brilliance and oomph. Evgeny Ivanchenko as Siegfried matched her pretty well in his apathy and danced rather weakly.
That somebody like Alexander Kurkov is still cast as Rothbart is incomprehensible, but we already knew that the company was overstretched. It was however quite painful to watch.
The pas de trois was excellent, some ravishing moments of the female corps (although the little swans were sloppy) and some fine national dances, but I'm afraid that wasn't enough to save the evening.
I much preferred Tatiana Amosova on the second occasion. Not the most touching or warmest Odette I have seen, but at least a performance that came alive. Her Black Swan was exciting and had a riveting finale. Sadly Ivanchenko was again a dead loss on stage.
Posted 27 March 2001 - 09:46 AM
Where were other Siegfrieds, Marc?
Or the Kirov had only Ivanchenko available in store at that moment?
Posted 27 March 2001 - 10:15 AM
Apparently, the stage of Royal Carre Theatre was not big enough for Kirov production of Swan Lake (hopefully big enough for coming performance of "The Car Man" by AMP in June). But it cannot be a good excuse to have a rather poor performance. I have to point out that Korsuntsev was trying to give the ballet emotional reality in his pas de deux with Odette/Odille, however, his princess was not so eager to develope the story between her and her prince. I was not convinced that she fell in love with Siegfried.
It was a great fun to see pas de trois danced by Dumchenko and Zelonkin, but the company itself obviously lacked appropriate dancers for Kirov legend.
Posted 27 March 2001 - 11:39 AM
It's sad to realize that this Kirov legend mentioned by enterachilles seems to shine a whole lot less when they are not performing in London, New York or Japan.
Posted 27 March 2001 - 01:07 PM
Posted 27 March 2001 - 01:22 PM
We should also realize that the largest part of the audiences in Amsterdam consisted of theatre visitors, not exactly ballet fans, but just people who wanted to see a performance of the world famous Kirov Ballet, and "Swan Lake" is always a safe bet.
Posted 28 March 2001 - 07:02 AM
Posted 28 March 2001 - 04:59 PM
According to the Dutch organizers the "Swan Lakes" sold out well in advance, while "Giselle" and especially the Fokine program needed extra publicity.
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