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 Post subject: SFB's 'Swan Lake' at the Hollywood Bowl
PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2000 8:41 am 

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Image <BR>Vadim Solomakha<BR>Courtesy SF Ballet<P><BR>Lewis Segal takes some major exceptions to SF Ballet's performances and Helgi Tomasson's choreography of "Swan Lake" at the Hollywood Bowl:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Vadim Solomakha partnered ardently on Friday and Roman Rykine mimed with superb nobility the following night, but Tomasson so drastically undercuts the dramatic values of "Swan Lake" that it's ridiculous when Odette begs Siegfried not to shoot the swans; this is not the kind of guy who'd ever fire a crossbow at a ballerina.<P>Exquisitely proportioned and supremely fluid, Yuan Yuan Tan (Friday) moved so quickly through Odette's choreography that its major thematic statements--particularly the arabesque as key motif--never acquired the proper weight. In contrast, Tina LeBlanc (Saturday) effectively dramatized internal issues of the role--especially those of balance and velocity--but is not as ideally proportioned for pure classicism.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR><B><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank>More</A></B><p>[This message has been edited by Azlan (edited September 04, 2000).]

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