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It's thumbs up all round for ENB's 'Swan Lake'. I saw the opening night as did the critics below and like them found it a moving and aesthetically rewarding experience, which showed ENB at its best.
Thomas Edur is a striking Prince, conveying the emotion of the role clearly, both in exultation and despair, without ever becoming over-dramatic. Agnes Oakes, his wife danced with much poise and fine musicality and also produced great emotion without chewing the scenery.
The corps looked very well drilled to me and performed Petipa's steps and patterns with great beauty. The soloists did well, particualarly the ebullient Yat Sen Chang and the powerful, but graceful Shi Ning Liu (ex of the RB), who seems to have settled in well with his new company.
All in all, a lovely evening. Clement Crisp's review in the FT Judith Mackrell's review in The Guardian Ismene Brown's review in The Daily Telegraph
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