February 27th, 2008

piranha - bluebird

Swan Lake

Last Saturday I saw Swan Lake performed by Ballet San Jose. It's one of my favorite ballets, and this performance was one of the best I've ever seen.

I usually don't agree with Nahat's direction but he's done a really great job with San Jose's Swan Lake. He added a prologue that shows Von Rothbart transforming four maidens into swans, and has greatly increased the villain's role so that he's more than just a shadowy figure that pops up with Odile once or twice. Nahat also chose to keep all four acts in the ballet, so it is looooooooooooooooooooong. Since it's one of my favorite shows, I don't mind, but man! as much as I like ballet, I normally can't take a 3+ hour show.

Alexsandra Meijer danced the twin roles of Odette/Odile in the show Kendrick and I attended. She is the most bird-like ballerina I've never seen. In other productions, the dancer has been delicate and lovely, but obviously human. Meijer would move her body just slightly - a tiny flutter of the wrist, the slightest turn of her head - and mimic a swan perfectly. It was amazing. I've never seen the role danced so well. For the Prince a guest artist was brought in. Ronald Savkovic. (He has fabulous cheekbones.) He was good, true to his role. While his dancing didn't blow me away as Meijer did, he was very expressive and did a great job of conveying the joys and sorrows of Siegfried.

Love the score from Swan Lake. In fact, I can't believe I don't own a copy of it somewhere on DVD. It's got that instantly recognizable DUN dun dun dun dun DUN da DUN da DUN. Sorry, I guess it doesn't come through all that well on the Internet. But if you don't know what I mean, you'd recognize the music if you heard it. Great stuff.