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 Post subject: Royal Ballet's "Swan Lake" 2004-5
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Swan Lake
By Debra Craine for The Times


IT WOULD be hard to imagine two more contrasting productions of Swan Lake than those now on offer in London. At Sadler’s Wells, Matthew Bourne’s saucy modern staging wittily upends the world’s favourite ballet by casting the swans as strong, scary men.

Bourne’s take is amusing and affecting, and unlike anything Tchaikovsky could possibly have imagined.

At the Royal Opera House, it is the exact opposite. Tradition is the name of the game in Anthony Dowell’s 1987 version, which goes back 100 years to Petipa and Ivanov’s classic 1895 choreography.

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by ZOE ANDERSON
the Independent

Rojo weights those gestures emphatically. It's an assured performance, but it lacks radiance. The movement doesn't flow through her torso, and her musical phrasing is blunt.

As Odile, the heroine's wicked double, Rojo dances with brilliant, steely finish.
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Sugar plum with aplomb

by JANN PARYY
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Rojo's tragic heroine, Odette, is a woman trapped in swan guise, hating her bondage to the enchanter, von Rothbart. She's warm-blooded, unlike ethereal Russian swan-maidens: Acosta's Siegfried is eager to wrap his arms around her yielding body, drown in her dark eyes. Then, as Odile, she's cool, the reverse of the usual dual-role interpretation.
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by ISMENE BROWN
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The compact Rojo has a less bird-like physique than Zenaida Yanowsky and Alina Cojocaru - the albatross-limbed Yanowsky made a splendid flying entrance, while Cojocaru delicately fluttered on, the water drops almost visible on her.
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All we knew about Greve was that he was one of the few men tall enough to partner Yanowsky in a full-length classic. The matinee also revealed him to be intensely responsive, allowing his partner to portray an Odette/ Odile unique both to her body and her remarkable dramatic intelligence.
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Royal Ballet: Swan Lake, Royal Opera House, London

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Dancers grow into roles. Unlike actors, they rarely get the chance to polish their interpretations in previews. That happens with later performances. In the Royal Ballet's current run of Swan Lake, Zenaida Yanowsky and Alina Cojocaru are changed Swan Queens. Yanowksy has a new partner, and new confidence. Cojocaru has rethought her whole approach to the role.
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by CLEMENT CRISP
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Pierina Legnani, Petersburg's first Odette/ Odile in 1895, is still remembered for her speciality of 32 fouettés introduced into the ballroom scene, but though Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta have skills that are the stuff of bravura, these are placed wholly at the service of the ballets they perform. Not showing off, but showing: showing how supreme ability may illuminate, even redeem, a step, a role. Dross, even, made gold.
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I wish they would hurry up and release Sir A's version of "Swan Lake " on DVD , i adore it....if i could get to London more often i would watch it all the time when it is on in the house as i think it is the closest to the original version all those many,many,many years ago....
I don't know why people don't like it,i hope the people at the Royal Ballet don't do to it what they did to his Sleeping Beauty !!!!! :D :D


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