Written June 07, 2013
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 September 19, 2014
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 August 21, 2014
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 June 07, 2013
This ballet was fantastic!. The dancers, the choreography, the costumes, the scenery, the orchestra were all outstanding. Showing pictures of St. Petersburg were an added pleasure.
I could have watched it again without getting up.
All the dancers were terrific, but the soloists and the conductor were unbelievable.
If you show it again, I will go to see it a second time.
Written December 19, 2014
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!