Category: reconstruction

night-at-the-ballet:

Alexander Jones and Viktorina Kapitonova in Ratmansky’s Swan Lake.
Photography by Gregory Batardon.

Zurich Ballet

Swan Lake

photo: Jack Devant

Zurich Ballet

Swan Lake

photo:
Carlos Quezada

Vittoria Valerio 

Swan Lake rehearsal

photo:
Brescia and Amisano

Viktorina Kapitonova, Alexander Jones

Swan Lake

photo: ?
Carlos Quezada

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Viktorina Kapitonova, Alexander Jones

Swan Lake

photo: ?
Carlos Quezada

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Viktorina Kapitonova, Alexander Jones

Swan Lake

Foto: Carlos Quezada?

Polina Semionova and dancers of Berlin State Opera

La Bayadere

photo: Yan Revazov

Black Pas de deux from Ratmansky’s Swan lake.

Sometimes reconstructions can be truly awkward choreographicly (like 1st act of Swan lake, where girls from the corps are on little stools and are dancing on them, which is probably the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen), but then they can be so utterly beautiful.

I love them (although I may be a bit biased, since I write a dissertation on them and all that) and I want every fouettes to look like these. I want every fouettes to be so musically perfect. And I am also kind of sucker for echappes of any kind, so this coda… Yeah.

Oh, and can we talk for a moment about this tiny mime part? Where Odile literally covers Siegfried’s eyes, so he couldn’t see Odette? Can we? (It is all written down, you know?)

And last but not least – Odile is not a swan here, which is probably the only way for the story to make actual sense. (As well as Odette is not a bird while she’s dancing with Siegfried, so no swan like arms, bye.)

One more thing – do yourself a favour, go and watch Nicoletta Manni dancing this Swan lake, she’s awesome, all right?