DavidW Posted June 6, 2013 Share Posted June 6, 2013 I went to the 3D Swan Lake screening tonight in Bath, streamed live from the Mariinsky Theatre. To get it out of the way first, I thought the 3D was okay. It wasn't gimmicky like I'd feared (e.g. not very many sweeping shots) but I also kind of didn't notice it.. For the most part I think I would have enjoyed it just as much in 2D (more so if 2D would mean higher definition!). There was a couple of nice moments though - Odette walking down an aisle of swans before the Act I Sc. II Adage was effective in 3D. Kondaurova danced Odette/Odile. I was very impressed with her Act I Sc II Odette, adding lots of character to her steps. Her Odile was blisteringly fast but she verged almost on the frantic side. The opening of her variation was impressive in terms of number of turns (double/triple pirouette fouetteing into a double attitude turn each time) but I didn't feel like she had complete control. I'm not sure if this might have been due to fast conducting by Gergiev though. Askerov (Siegfried) gave a rather nice Act II Variation and seemed a very supportive and secure partner throughout. I liked how his Act I Sc I Siegfried was quite happily flirting with all the girls - it made his change post-Odette make his love that bit more believable. A highlight was definitely the Act I Sc I Pas de Trois featuring Shirinkina, Batoeva and Xander Parish. All three shone with their technique, lines and charm. Xander Parish also helped introduce the performance before Act I and in the intervals and came across rather well - including asking the (international model) for private Russian lessons! Certainly everyone in the cinema seemed to be talking about "that British lad" as I was leaving. As always with the Mariinsky, the Corps were phenomenal. Act I Sc II was perfectly in sync throughout. I particularly enjoyed Act II's character dances and thought Rothbart died a very good death at the end (though I'm still not a fan of the 'happy ending' version!). All in all a very enjoyable performance. Pricing was a bit steep (over £20 a ticket [even for children] and £80 for a family ticket) which possibly explains the half-full cinema. RB broadcasts are always fully booked (with plenty of kids) so perhaps the price was a big factor (or maybe Mariinsky is a less well-known name that the Royal). 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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