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Swan Lake
By Judith Mackrell for The Guardian


Only a few months ago, I would have assumed that London's first view of Alina Cojocaru in Swan Lake would be dominated by her performance of acts two and four - the White Swan rather than the Black. Anyone casting Cojocaru to type would have thought of maidenly reserve, of classic lyricism, of the vulnerability of Odette rather than the evil glitter of Odile. But that was before Cojocaru confounded expectations with the queasy eroticism and manipulativeness of her recent debut in Kenneth MacMillan's Mayerling. During Monday's Swan Lake, it became evident that Cojocaru was far more excited by Odile the seductress than by poor, tragic Odette.
Not that her interpretation of the latter was lacking in intelligence, or in astonishing dance moments. Cojocaru thinks her roles through with infinite care, and I have rarely seen the story of this ballet told so clearly.

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Swan Lake
by debra craine for The Times

ANTHONY DOWELL’s production of Swan Lake is back in the Covent Garden repertoire for 19 performances, the longest single run it’s ever had. The last time the Royal Ballet performed it in London was just two years ago, but Monday night’s audience made it clear that the dance public is as keen as ever to flock to Tchaikovsky’s great ballet.
Dowell’s production, first seen in 1987, is holding up well, although Yolanda Sonnabend’s fussy designs, inspired by Fabergé but looking as though they were found in a junk shop, teeter between grand and tatty. And what has happened to John B. Read’s curious lighting? It’s getting so dim in Act IV that the Swans are practically in the dark.

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Dance of the disenchanted
By Clement Crisp for The Financial Times


There are several Swan Lakes trying to make their presence felt at the Opera House as this celebrated old trap for the unwary returns to the stage. There is, most importantly, the text itself: as true to the late 19thcentury original as we can hope to see - and this is the production's claim to fame and respect. There are, rather less importantly, Anthony Dowell's production ideas, which update the action to Tchaikovsky's time, introduce some tiresome "effects" and anachronisms - such as drunken cadets, arquebuses, and a ball peopled with mad people who are playing "Look at Me!". There are Yolanda Sonnabend's fascinating, hallucinatory designs, which propose a world that is part addled Fabergé egg, part haunted dream, ravishing to look at and framing, rather oddly, the academically proper choreography.

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Study in cool detachment
Ismene Brown reviews Swan Lake at the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden for The Dail Telgraph


After the horribly real travails of Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling this autumn, another prince is being put through the mangle over the next few weeks with Swan Lake. Ballet's supreme masterpiece is back at the Opera House, its serious drama of darkness and light challenging dancers and audiences who have been wallowing in realism to claim the higher ground of poetry and metaphor.

Alina Cojocaru with Johan Kobborg: her admirable, fearless technique is not matched by any suggestion of interior passion

The new run was launched by the debut of Alina Cojocaru as the Swan Queen and her black doppelganger (her three performances on the Royal Ballet's Australian tour last summer counting as the warm-up).

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Swan Lake
By Lucy Wallis for The Stage

A revival of Anthony Dowell's 1987 production of Swan Lake, with choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, could be described as a safe choice for The Royal Ballet with its classical use of style and structure. Formal lifts, traditional use of the corps de ballet and long feathered costumes for the downy swans make it appear almost too quaint and old fashioned.

However, into this picture book setting they have cleverly added the very young and very fresh talents of Alina Cojocaru as Odette/Odile. Cojocaru is a daring, precise performer and she brings originality and life into an antique framework. She never betrays how young she is through her dancing as she takes on the mortal sorrow and regret of the condemned swan.

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Swan Lake
By David Diugilöl for the Sumday Times


Another tiny, childlike figure, the starry 21-year-old Alina Cojocaru, made her London debut as Odette-Odile in the Royal Ballet’s revival of Swan Lake at Covent Garden. The corps of swans seemed to tower over her. In her technique, of course, Cojocaru is the opposite of fragile: it is outstanding for her (or any) age. Her Prince Siegfried was her regular partner, Johan Kobborg, dancing with his usual immaculate brilliance; together, they made beautiful academic shapes.

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An art-nouveau bird that's a fish out of water
By Jann Parry for The Observer

There's a contradiction at the heart of Anthony Dowell's 15-year-old production of Swan Lake that confounds debutantes in the dual role of Odette/Odile. Dowell requires them to dance classically correctly, without Russian-style extravagance; yet the setting, designed by Yolanda Sonnabend, places the ballet in a decadent fin-de-siècle dreamworld.

Fed up with life in an imperial court as camply devious as St James's Palace, Prince Siegfried fantasises a flock of swan-maidens. They are curvaceous creatures in curlicued headdresses and long, feathery skirts. You'd think their queen would be an art-nouveau apparition, languishing by the lake.

Alina Cojocaru, making her London debut (she danced Odette/Odile on tour in Australia) could be a white swan in the mould of Natalia Makarova - tiny, deceptively fragile, all lavish limbs and legato phrasing. Cojocaru has the swept-back arms and trailing fingers of a Russian-trained Odette; her line goes awry, though, because she doesn't keep moving.

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Review in The Times.

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WITH Robert Tewsley’s abrupt departure from Covent Garden, barely two months after he arrived, and Johan Persson’s continuing recovery from knee surgery, the Royal Ballet is looking a little light in the man department these days. So much so, in fact, that the company is drafting in eight guest males this season to take starring roles in selected ballets

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And in The Indeoendent.

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Like most people whose brush with autograph-hunting began and ended with an unfilled album in their teens, I have never really seen the point. Queuing on a cold pavement for the sake of a squiffy line of Biro is for hardcore theatre-anoraks only. Monday's Royal Ballet opening of Swan Lake, however, revealed another side to the story. The occasion was more than just another outing for Anthony Dowell's 1987 production. It was the first Swan Lake at Covent Garden for Alina Cojocaru, the 21-year-old Romanian wonder. Not only had my neighbour in the stalls attended every one of Cojocaru's performances since becoming the company's youngest principal two years ago, but she had signatures on dated cast sheets to prove it. "Just think what Fonteyn's first Swan would be worth now," she mused. Call autograph-hunting a hobby? It's investing in ballet futures.

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And another review from the Independent.

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The Royal Ballet's Swan Lake is upon us again, a marathon of 18 performances, which would be more bearable if Anthony Dowell's 1987 production were not so screamingly awful. It's not just the fussy, tacked-on stage business of Act I that's off-putting – the drunken stumblings, the dropped tray – but Yolanda Sonnabend's Art Nouveau design concept, which is so hectic that it's hard to make out the dancing.

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Rojo is queen of the Swan Queens
Ismene Brown for The Daly Telegraph reviews Swan Lake.



There's nothing like the challenge of the leading roles in Swan Lake to sort out the grown-ups from the children, and there are a lot of the latter about in the Royal Ballet's further casts for this masterpiece of musical and physical poetry.

For all the opening promise of Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg, the one great pair are Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta - two people of exceptional intelligence, fervent soul and utmost technical control, who ask every question of the story's epic mystery and answer every last passion and thrill.

Rojo has dared more than any other ballerina - she makes an intensely feminine Swan Queen, with long, fine musical phrasing and tender emotional suspense; Acosta, a Siegfried of heartfelt simplicity, seemed in rapt awe, sinking into her spell. As the doppelganger Odile, she made those famous stunts glitter, an arabesque frozen in time, fouettes of mesmerising speed and complexity. Seductive, audacious, Rojo knows what those stunts are for - to dazzle Siegfried and us with the temptations of evil.

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