Thanks, bcx, for your excerpts from the Keenan Kampa article.
Here are some more about the Berkeley performances by Paul Parish in The Bay Area Reporter.
"....both Ekaterina Kondaurova and Oksana Skoryk, the ballerinas for the first two performances, were astonishingly apt.
"Ekaterina Kondaurova was thrilling as both the white swan and as her diabolical parody, the black swan. In all technical matters she reigned supreme: the white swan's gestures unfurled magnificently, and her evil simulacrum bore a glamor so potent, so sexy, so commanding, and so thrilling in her actual dancing, she drove me crazy – so of course, she fooled the prince.
[ I would like to say that I didn't feel that Ekaterina Kondaurova was "diabolical" in either of the "black swan" performances that I saw in Costa Mesa, but I would agree that she was -- Excellent ! ]
"The prince in the second cast, Vladimir Shklyaurov, outshone his swan queen. He was heart-breakingly beautiful. Oksana Skoryk, his very young ballerina, has imagination, musicality, a gloriously unfurling line, but her fear of the technical difficulties of Act III shone through, distorted her shoulders and neck, made her very difficult to partner – at one point, it looked like both the Prince and von Rotbart were going to have to hold her up on pointe, which scared us, though nothing disastrous happened, and she finished the act and the ballet in excellent form.
[In the three Oksana Skorik Costa Mesa performances, except for the first night when she halted her double-single fouette spins and then continued them, her Act III Odile seemed technically fine to me and I felt that she pretty much dominated everything in all her performances.]http://www.ebar.com/arts/arts.php?sec=dance
(first posted at Balletco.Forum (UK))