Written July 23, 2016
We loved the production. What unbelievable dancing! Ekaterina-Odette-Odile was breathtaking. Incredibe corps-de-ballet, other solists, orchestra (violin, harp and cello solos to die for...), costumes, etc. Could never see such a production in the US, alas, it would be too bank-breakingly expensive. Decor perhaps a little dark for moder tastes, but we found it fun to be transported back to the time of the Czars , Tchaikovsky, and Petipas. Nice views of St. Petersburg and introductory history on Russian Ballet. It was rather charming to have akward young (but very attractive) Russians doing the presenting rather than 'great celebrities.' Would have been nice if the start time really had been 6:30, not 7:00 and the 'broadway' previews were jarring and not appealing to a ballet audience. Bring us more from Russia!!!
Written May 05, 2015
The dancing was masterful and the lead ballerina, Ekaterina Kondaurova, absolutely exquisite. Beautiful production. I would only suggest that the intermission segments, as well as the (rather interminable) interludes showing the Marinsky theatre and its audience, be edited out, particularly since American audiences will have no patience for that sort of thing. Otherwise, really splendid!
Written July 23, 2016
The 3D was terrible, it stated it was live when in reality it was a movie, the sound was not in high definition, dancing was good, presentation was amateur, so bad I asked for my money back.
Written April 30, 2016
This was well worth seeing (minus the cheesy interviews). The prima ballerina sparkled in the Odile scene, with pirouttes so fast it seemed like camera tricks. But it was indeed filmed live: in the first pas de deux she fell out of an extension or a piroutte, I don't remember; gasps were heard all around. Siegfried was adequate, but the jester was amazing. The women had crazy high extensions, even the men's were higher than usual. The flexibility on exhibit was also astounding; I've only seen such deep back dips in figure skaters and gymnasts. The women's leaps were revolutionary; no more lame first-leg-up-then-plop-down disappointment: they sustained complete splits in the air, a triumph after years of distant second status to men's leaps. The uniformly long legs of the men must be evidence of continuing the selection of students by body-type . Sadly, all pirouette with the ankle crossed at standing leg, rather than toe at knee, ruining the line.
There was a surprise ending!
Written August 30, 2016
The Kirov Ballet is steeped in tradition. They are the guardians of the original choreograph that was created by Marius Petipa and other great choreographers in the 19th Century. Even the backdrops and stage sets are consistent with tradition. I can't imagine a modern setting or freshly designed costumes for any of their traditional standard ballets.
The camera crew was very well prepared and knew just when to switch angles or pan out. The dancers in principal parts were all superb, and that goes for acting as well. The corps de ballet were stunning, reflecting hours upon hours of rehearsing to set the arms, head angles, body postures, and timing so that there was no variation from one dancer to another. This is not as easy as some people might think.
It is a great opportunity to see on a theater screen a live performance by the Kirov Ballet. I hope that the Regal Theaters on 16th Street in Denver continue to support events such as this.