Swan Lake on Icemore...
by JILL SYKES for the Sydney Morning Herald
The leading performers were breathtaking, with far more to do than their classical ballet equivalents. As Prince Siegfried, Vadim Yarkov is a tireless partner and an exciting solo performer. Andrei Penkine, playing his friend Benno, supplies the humour of ballet's jester role as well as dazzling dance.
Unlike most ballet versions today, the roles of Odette and Odile are divided, with a twist at the end. Olga Sharutenko and Olena Pyatash are lean, athletic and graceful in their contrasting characterisations. Odette has a very interesting battle with the evil Rothbart - brilliantly portrayed, physically and mentally by Anton Klykov - in which male and female are equally empowered in hand-to-hand fight choreography.
published: June 9, 2006