Unsigned from the Manchester Evening News
SWAN Lake - the moral of which is that you can't beat the little black dress for a party - has become the archetypal romantic ballet.
And for companies in the eastern European tradition, such as the Chisinau National Ballet, from Moldova, it is really a definition of their existence.
If they could not field a team capable of its virtuosic solos, its varied ensembles and national dances, and its stageful of fluttering white swans, then they would probably rather lie down and die.
So the production which they tour to this country may use lightweight cloths for scenery (and who wouldn't if they had to adapt to the variety of British provincial theatres they do?), but it puts its trust in its dancers and the sense of style which has been theirs since they learned their first steps. click for more
*************************************** Swan Lake @ Opera House
By Liliana Ashton for manchester online
THIS enchanting fairytale accompanied by one of Tchaikovsky’s masterpieces was superbly performed by the Chisinau National Ballet. The Ballet is from the former USSR country, Moldova, a country which, despite being reported as one of the poorest countries in Europe, has a priceless talent in classical dancing.
By following Petipa’s very authentic and colourful choreography, this performance has a feeling of the pure form of classical dancing.
The first act, despite not being the most exciting, was stolen by the energetic performance of Egor Schepachoiv, as the Court Jester. It was a good introduction to the whole fairytale where the queen mother presents the Prince with a cross bow which leads him to meet the Swan Queen. click for more
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