Another Wonderful Evening !
It's her *Elegance* at the moment that makes her special, for me.
Also tonight I noticed something that brought back my first very pleasant memories from several years ago. Starting with the Odile duet and continuing through the Odette finale was a Lightness -- an Airy Linearity, a Freshness and a Sense of Charming Agility. It was great to see and feel this again.
I also looked at my comments from her Mariinsky Festival Swan Lake performance earlier this year, a performance that I considered to be perhaps the loveliest of the entire Festival. Tonight there were so many fine similarities. If you want to read my brief comments, please look here at the top of the page.viewtopic.php?f=31&t=36657&start=30
One of the things that I mentioned was her way of reaching out for definition. I called it "highlighting," but I think that I would now call it 'punctuating.' It moves along within a contained softness and overall flow to give an uninterrupting effect. It also takes many forms, from actually extending her limbs, to the very careful placement of her head. Even the focus of her eyes has the effect of extending herself, of carrying her lines beyond herself.
Her hands were also very lovely and beautifully designed. They again punctuate the uniformness of her graceful flow, giving it character and interest.
What she also does when she is using a looseness of style is to add one of these elements to reinforce her sense of elegance and her fineness. It may be the use of her hands, a straightening of her back, etc. It spells "Fineness" and reminds us why the Mariinsky chose her to be a Guest Principal Dancer. She has something special. She can carry her beauty a step beyond.
In addition she has a sensitivity, a warmth, a humanness.
As I've said before, one thing that makes this all so exceptional is the way that it all blends so seamlessly together. Individual effects can be almost unnoticed and always uninterrupting.
She received a very enthusiastic audience response tonight as did Oxana Skorik last night.
One thing that I really enjoyed during her Friday performance was the way that the rest of the company fused so well into the mood that she created. The Act II White Swan duet is always the highlight for me. If the enchantment of it can somehow carry through the rest of the evening, it all, for me, becomes something wonderful. This is not easy, having to introduce an opposite personality, Odile, a set of character dances, etc. Yet somehow it all came together as well as I've ever seen.
There were so many fine performances this week and there is so much more that could be mentioned. I just have to say for now that the company looked great and the Neapolitan audience that has only seen one other Mariinsky Swan Lake series (1988) was very enthusiastic and very warmly appreciative.
** Bellissima ! -- Bellissima ! **