Written December 21, 2014
Enjoyed the performance of Swan Lake from St. Petersburg Russia. The host of the even could have been a little more polished, but the camera action was fantastic. We have seen The Nutcracker the same way as well as an Opera. Very convenient way to keep the kids cultured.
Written December 28, 2014
I enjoyed this Swan Lake performance very much. Ekaterina Kondaurova did well, although she isn't the best I've seen. Timur Askerov was okay, but I don't think he has the Vaganova style that most Mariinsky dancers have. The Mariinsky is considered the best ballet company in the world and this was a "good" performance, but they have done better. I still loved getting a chance to see the Mariinsky on screen, so that is why I am saying, "Must go...." People who have never seen them live in person should definitely go to this!
Written November 28, 2014
A beautiful production. The dancers were technically perfect and passionately dramatic.
The sets and costumes were also exquisite. The gorgeous score was performed outstandingly with the exact tempos for each dancer.
Bravo to all involved.
Written October 25, 2014
Introductions were clumsy and pathetic, our audience laughed out loud. The interviews were no different. But most concerning was the bland; faded and thin projected images; like watching from the wrong side of the screen.
I kept wondering why, considering the current “state of the art. The women next to me complained about the sound; “it’s all coming from the front”! The high production values of this ballet were simply washed away by the poor quality of the recording.
Also annoyed by the frequent references to “live 3D”; which confused our audience; I overheard several people express confusion on this point, since we were watching a 2D version! I couldn’t help but wonder if the 3D version was as bland and thin as the 2D version and how especially disappointing that would have been.
Finally, there were 2 15 minute intermissions, followed by 5 or 10 minutes of a tedious shot of the audience; leaving us, the actual audience, very restless!
Written April 19, 2015
From what I understood, the performance was being broadcast LIVE from Russia. When I checked our local 6:30 (EST) against Russia's current time, it was 2:30 in the morning for them. I know the Russians love their ballet but I doubt they would attend one that early in the morning just to make it work for us American's schedule. Ok, so if it wasn't LIVE, why did we have to endure 1.It didn't start on time. We got to look at a looped trivia questions screen until close to 7. We could hear the crowd murmering noises in the background but no video. 2.There were two 15 minute intermissions. Why? I've sat thru all 3 of the Lord of the Rings extended version movies(seperately of course) without a problem.
The actual performance : Excellent. Video: eh - not very clear IMHO. I was expecting the visuals to really POP! The trailer I watched on my computer monitor were crisper. Sound: Not loud enough- I even asked the manager to turn it up during one of the breaks-he didn't. total score: 7