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Swan Lake

Music by Tchaikovsky

Moscow City Ballet

Opera House, Manchester

17 March 2012

Swan Lake

This was my first experience of the classic ballet, following a viewing of the film The Black Swan.

It was perhaps a more sinister story than usual, you’re more aware of how the raven shadows the action of the prince (here ably performed by Talgat Kozhabaev) and his beloved.  The atmosphere was ominous, even when all appeared sweetness and light, as in the pretty dance of the four little swans.

This was a terrific production, the sets and costumes sumptuous and alive with colour and the corps de ballet well on their toes, weaving complex geometric patterns out of thin air.

The ending was as moving as ever, the lovers’ separation abrupt and final.

Moscow City Ballet are touring the UK until the end of March, details of future tour dates can be found here.

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