Theatre Review: Swan Lake

Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake tells the story of Price Siegfried, who falls in love with Odette, the Swan Queen.  Moscow City Ballet has brought the ballet to Nottingham, and it is a classical version, with all the original grandeur of the dances in the kingdom, and the mysterious beauty of the lake.

Everything about the production reflects the artistry of those involved. The Moscow City Ballet Orchestra plays through Tchaikovsky’s familiar and beautiful score wonderfully and without fault. Elisaveta Dvorkina’s costumes bring a rich and colourful life to the ballet. The staging and lighting are used to great effect to create a sense of two different worlds, of darkness and light – a theme which runs throughout the piece.

The performance itself is a combination of exciting choreography, and masterful, exceptionally talented dancers, especially the principal ballerinas Alevtina Lapshina and Liliya Oryekhova. It is satisfying to see such masters of their respective art perform.

The ethereal swan dancers.

Founded by Victor Smirnov-Golovanov in 1988, Moscow City Ballet is one of Russia’s most successful and popular touring ballet companies, highly admired for its distinctive style, exciting choreography and exceptionally gifted dancers.

Touring the UK since the early 90’s Moscow City Ballet consistently perform over 100 shows annually to hundreds of thousands of ballet fans.  The company has bewitched audiences worldwide with its traditional ballets, proving that everyone enjoys a good story.

Director Victor Smirnov-Golovanov said, “In these difficult economic times I’m amazed by the support and appreciation the UK audience give to Moscow City Ballet.  I truly believe that dance is escapism and I’m delighted that people find enjoyment and pleasure in watching our gifted dancers perform our Russian jewels.”

Moscow City Ballet perform Swan Lake at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham on Thursday 21 Saturday 23 February 2013 at 7.30pm (matinee 2.30pm on 23 Feb).


Josh Giltrap