Opening night at the Opera Zurich on 6. February 2016
As much as I like the performance of the Zurich Ballet, ballet lovers may be confused by the steps and dancing. In the old days, ballet had different standards as we are now used to. It was all about conveying a story – meaning a lot of acting, and less jumps and footwork. Even the most famous of arm movements were not shown. I really missed seeing these beautiful swan-like movements.
Foto by Gegory Batardon
Ratmansky’s swans however are more like girls. Odette plays the part of a young lady who falls in love, and is shocked after her lovers betrayal. I must say, I like this performance a lot – stunning setting, awesome costumes, great pantomime, brilliant principal dancers, perfect corps de ballet, however I still prefer the quality of dance that we have today.
My recommendation ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Watch Ratmansky‘s Swan Lake: Tranfer yourself to 1895 and enjoy this original version as it was in that old days.
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Sleeping Beauty in 2015