Moscow City Ballet presents Swan Lake - Aylesbury Waterside Theatre - ATG Tickets (
One of the world’s most prestigious ballet companies, Moscow
City Ballet, is currently touring the UK in a repertoire of some of the best
loved ballets, including Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, accompanied by a full

Swan Lake was composed by Pyotr Tchaikovsky in 1875 and
despite it being a failure initially, has now become one of the world’s most
popular ballets.  The story tells of the
doomed love of Prince Siegfried for Princess Odette.  Under the spell of an evil sorcerer, Van
Rothbat, Odette spends her days swimming on a lake of tears as a swan, but by
night she turns back into the beautiful princess.  The spell can only be broken if someone who
has never loved before swears an oath of undying love and promises to marry
her.  Sadly there’s no happy ending in
this fairy tale which has its origins in Russian and German folk lore.

Act One opens at the party to celebrate Prince Siegfried’s
21st birthday.  His aunt tells
him it’s time to get married and a selection of potential wives is brought
before him.  He just wants to have fun
though and sets off with his friend on a hunting trip, but falls in love with
the beautiful swan, who is really Princess Odette.

The costumes in the opening scene were very muted, browns
and oranges in colour, but once we see the swans in their pretty white tutus, we
are transported with the iconic Dance of the Little Swans.  The Prima Ballerina playing Odette is
mesmerising to watch, with her tiny, lithe frame that replicated the movements of
the swan perfectly, placing hands and arms in positions that seemed impossible.
You couldn’t take your eyes off her and she was graceful, elegant and precise
as well as strong and flexible.

I found all the swans to be entrancing to watch as they were
all in perfect sync with one another. 
However, some of the male dancers didn’t seem to be quite as ‘on pointe’
and were not quite so engaging to watch. 
The height of Prince Siegfried made him less supple and he seemed to
just have the same expression all the way through.

This traditional version of Swan Lake was directed and choreographed
by Victor Smirnov-Golovanov,
with Natalia Ryshenko. The set and costumes were designed by Natalia

Further details and tour dates can be found on the company


reviewed by:

Yvonne Delahaye