Written June 30, 2015
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 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 June 03, 2015
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 April 21, 2015
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.
Written July 03, 2015
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.