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article imageReview: Moscow Festival Ballet's 'Swan Lake' Special

By W. Mark Dendy     Feb 5, 2014 in Entertainment
Folsom - The Moscow Festival Ballet performed the popular classic, Swan Lake, to a near packed Harris Center, Tues., Feb. 4, on the opening night of a three night performance run.
The fairy tale like most, involves goodness versus evil, and of course, romance!
The interpretation of the story was delivered to the audience through the excellent choreography of Sergy Radchenko, a graduate of the Moscow School of Dance and a dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet for 25 years, but not without noticeable difficulties.
The scenery and costumes were colorful and elaborate and portrayed the ideal setting.
But there was a problem in the first act, however, when the second backdrop caught on something as it was lowered, creasing it across more than half the stage's width, and during the third act, the fog machine operator apparently missed a cue delivering fog later than the scene called for.
The Russian troupe, currently under the artistic direction of, Alexander Daev, the Ballet Master, danced cautiously, delivering a less than stellar performance during the first two acts.
Konstantine Marikin as Prince Siegfried, seemed unsure of himself until he danced the paux de deux with Olga Gudkova as Odile, the black swan in Act III.
The whole cast seemed to struggle through the first two acts. There were several near collisions on stage perhaps due to the large cast and small stage.
One of the most beautiful scenes in Swan Lake is when all the swans are on stage, 18 plus Odette, the white swan that the Prince falls in love with and ultimately gets.
But, in last night's performance, one of the swans stays in her tutu were not holding up and the tutu sagged drastically in the front and back - as disconcerting as an out of tune instrument among an orchestra..
It wasn't until she after exiting the stage twice that she returned with her tutu arranged like all the others.
Gudkova's performance as the black swan, the daughter of the evil sorcerer, was a showstopper, however. Gudkova handled the technical dance as well as any great Bolshoi ballerina, and the crowd gave back plenty of applause.
The choreography gets 5 stars whereas, last night's performance only earned 3 stars.
There are two more performances, Feb. 5 and 6 at the Harris Center for the Performing Arts. They are sure to have the glitches worked out for the final two performances.
Tickets can be purchased at the Harris Center.
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