Written September 18, 2014
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.
Written June 07, 2013
This version of Swan Lake was the most exquisite that I have ever seen!!
The Prima Ballerina was unbelievable. She must rate with Pavlova -- I have a subscription to the American Ballet theater in NYC and have seen wonderful dancing; but Ekataterina D. took Ballet to a new level of excellence , expression and mastery of dance!. Bravo to the Mariinsky ballet for giving American audiences an evening of such pleasure.
Written June 07, 2013
This was my first 'real' ballet other than Nutcracker on TV. This performance was absolutely beautiful, perfect in every way. The dancers were so graceful, so talented, so perfect.
I especially enjoyed the broadcast before that showed the Mariinsky theater inside and out, and the interviews and talking during intermissions that gave more insight into the theater, the performers, and actual views of the audience.
The only possible criticism I could make would be the quality of the picture, maybe I expected to see something like HD. The theater I attended did not show the 3D version, so maybe that's why, don't really know.
And, the orchestra was just as good as the dancers. But, who couldn't love the music of Tchaikovsky?
Just a little info for any future viewings of this particular show, the title stayed up so long in the very beginning that it prompted our theater operator to make a call to check that everything was okay.
Written July 30, 2014
It's a true pleasure to watch a performance of a classical work of art executed perfectly, and this one was. Ballet and opera both benefit from well-staged video productions, and this one benefited more than most because it was so well done. Bravo.
Written July 28, 2014
The performance was wonderful, but the entire program was excruciatingly long. I could have done without all the interviews and just seen the ballet. That would have cut down on the overall length of the program. I am hesitant to purchase tickets for future presentations because I don't want to commit to nearly four hours of my time.
There were a lot of young girls at the program, probably because they are ballet students. Every time we had an intermission, they ran out for yet another round of sodas and popcorn. They didn't always make it back in time for the performance to begin again. I can understand students wanting to see the performance, but they need to behave as though it's a theatre performance not a movie theater.