18 swan maidens push `Lake' over the top for Alabama Ballet
By MICHAEL HUEBNER for The Birmingham News (Alabama)
Speculating about how far the Alabama Ballet has progressed may be a thing of the past. With "Swan Lake," they've arrived.
This is as fine a production as you'll see on any stage in the nation. Combine a disciplined corps, the Alabama Symphony in fine form and principals to die for, and the result is first-rate dance.
Calling it classic would be an understatement. A near replica of the standard routines handed down from Petipa and Ivanov's 1895 version, it offers little that's new or innovative. What raises the balletic bar are the crispness of its execution and engrossing drama of its characterizations.
Tatiana Ledovskikh was wondrous to behold in her guises of queen of the swans, the human Odette and her dark-clad impostor, Odile. click for more