Russian Ballet Theatre exhibits the extraordinary at The Palace.
By Michael Hallisey
This year’s production, choreographed by Nadezhda Kalinina, included exquisitely hand-painted sets and hand-sewn costumes created by designer Sergei Novikov. From the first scene, the set gave the incredible illusion of Rothbart and the swans dancing from within a medieval tapestry. Rothbart’s corvine appearance was striking, especially when paired with the makeup work of Award-winning artist Irina Strukova from “Crazy Rich Asians.” However, Novikov’s remarkable work was best displayed in the ballroom scene in Act Two. The iron throne ornamented by a stained glass window set behind it, and the costumes adorned by the players, exhibited painstaking detail.
By Tresca Weinstein
ALBANY — Russian Ballet Theatre’s new production of “Swan Lake,” onstage Tuesday evening at the Palace Theatre, proves once again that the villains are always the most interesting characters. The very vanilla Prince Siegfried may have his happily-ever-after with his sweet Odette, but the evil sorcerer Rothbart and his daughter Odile would be a lot more fun to party with.
By Stephanie Klein-Davis
The Russian Ballet Theatre came to Jefferson Center in Roanoke on Nov. 5 to dance a touring performance of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet “Swan Lake,” based on a German fairy tale. The production was choreographed by Nadezhda Kalinina, chief choreographer for the Omsk State Musical Theater, located in the million-strong city of Omsk in southwestern Siberia.
By Rebecca Reza
The physically demanding yet graceful form of dance by “Russian Ballet Theatre” drew a small but lively crowd Oct. 15 at the Abraham Chavez Theatre, as it performed Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.” Patrons were beguiled and enthralled by intricate costumes, hand-painted sets and the powerful choreography brought to life by the performers.
By Adrian Gomez
Olga Kifyak dances the roles of the Odile (Black Swan) and the Odette (White Swan) in the production. “This is a very strong role because I have to change in the intermission,” Kifyak says. “The characters are complete opposites. For a dancer, this role is like trekking to Mount Everest. There’s so much happening.”
A shot through the heart, and true love triumphs!
By Matthew Lickona
For the dark young man in flowing white drag: a heightened sense of reality, folk tales and folk dances transmogrified into sinuous spectacle by the touring company. Each movement considered and choreographed and beyond the ken of ordinary people. When Evgeny Svetlitsa’s Prince reaches longingly for Olga Kifyak’s Odette, every muscle — joint, tendon, bone, inch — joins in the motion.
A US tour of the classic ballet brings multiple stops to California.
By Craig Byrd
It is safe to say that Swan Lake is easily one of the most beloved ballets in the world. Due to the immense popularity of The Nutcracker around the holidays, Swan Lake probably is the second-most performed ballet. Both ballets feature glorious music by Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. So it makes sense that the Russian Ballet Theatre is doing a US tour of Swan Lake. There are multiple performances beginning in California on Thursday, September 19th at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido.