Review: Swan Lake, Bristol Hippodrome

9 01 2013

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia have returned to the Bristol Hippodrome with the classic tale of love and betrayal in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake for a near sell-out two night run.

The young and talented company of dancers produced an engaging and exuberant performance, beautifully accompanied by the accomplished Rusian State Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Yudasin.

At the heart of the production is a masterful performance by Maria Kuimova in the part of Odette/Odile with stunning peices of dance.

Kuimova evokes the elegance and grace of a swan in her bashful and tragic Odette before becoming a more beguiling and sensual black swan of Odile.

The boyish charm of Prince Siegfried, danced by Kirill Litvinenko, is a wholesome match for Odette, and there are some stunning duets between the pair executed with discipline and authority but lacking a little passion.

Von Rothbart, the Evil Genius, is well danced by a menacing Egor Osokin, and while there are some well-balanced spars between him and Prince Siegfried, the final duet in the lake needed more time to allow the pair to explore the true power of the performance.

The Spanish bride Margarita Nosik, along with her two male counterparts, performed a rousing Latin dance that gave the energy needed to lift the palace ball scene in Act II.

The physicality and beauty of the performances are impressive, along with well-executed pieces featuring the bevy of enchanting swans at the lake, bringing an unforgettable majesty.

By Aleisha Foreman

Swan Lake - Russian State Ballet of Siberia

Swan Lake is at Bristol Hippodrome today, with the Russian State Ballet of Siberia performing The Nutcracker tomorrow. Click here for more information.


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