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By marylonergan
Written June 07, 2013
I took my 86 year old mom to see this at the AMC Bay Street theatre in Emeryville, CA and actually ended up leaving shortly after the film started. The 3D was TERRIBLE - and I have been to many 3D and IMAX films before so it wasn't us. When you put on the glasses it was like a psychedelic trip. I went out to get new glasses thinking that my pair was faulty, but the new ones were too. Other people in our theatre also left and asked for their money back. Very disappointing!!!
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Swan Lake

By dbarr269
Written June 07, 2013
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!
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Loved the Mariinsky Swan Lake

By lawrencefranko
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!!!
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Swan Lake Mariinsky Live

By edithreichman
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.
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Loved it!!

By mamaphyllis
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.
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