Seeing this ballet on the big screen was a joy. It was delightful to see scenes of elegant St. Petersburg, the famous Mariinsky Theatre and to learn a bit about the history of ballet in Russia, and the Mariinsky Ballet Company. And to feel like I was there in the audience at this elegant theatre along with Russian ballet fans with the best seats in the house!

The ballet itself was an on-going rapture and I can only say that Odette/Odile was so amazing that I almost forgot I was watching a human being and not a truly bewitched swan; her movements were so full of grace, fluidity and tragedy and "swan-like!" I have seen other companies doing Swan Lake in person but nothing can compare to this! And the exquisitely talented orchestra! What fun to be clapping along with the Russian audience and having a chance to "mill around" during the actual intermissions! As a great cultural exchange with a country where our communication is often faulty, this experience was first rate!