Fulsome praise from someone who has seen more "Swan Lakes" than most: Dangerous lady will have you in thrall
By Mary Brennan for The Herald
For many dance companies, the classic ballet repertoire has become something of a mouldering albatross - the seriousness of this issue was reflected in a talking shop of worldwide company directors in Snape Maltings earlier this year.
Latvian National Ballet, however, exhibit no such misgivings. Instead, they offer up a confident Swan Lake, its scenario and choreography tweaked a little, here and there, by the company's artistic director, Aivars Leimanis, but with core tradition essentially unruffled by his revisions. Indeed, his decision to make the clutch of national dances in Act III into an entertainment provided by Rothbart makes very neat narrative sense. click for more
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