Little, Lovely 'Swan Lake'
By Alexandra Tomalonis
Special to The Washington Post
Thursday, January 8, 2004; Page C09
There are too many small companies of Russian dancers traveling around the country with pint-sized productions of the great Russian classics to count. The quality can be quite uneven -- sloppy stagings, very green and/or excessively seasoned dancers. More
The Russian National Ballet, directed by Elena Radchenko, is a cut above many of its rivals. The "Swan Lake" it danced at Montgomery College's Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center on Tuesday night was the real thing. It's a miniature production to recorded music, but it's lovingly presented. The dancers are beautifully schooled, and their dancing was as warm and personal as though they were performing at an intimate gathering for friends.