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Zurich Ballet in Swan Lake.© Carlos Quezada. (Click image for larger version)

Zurich Ballet – Swan Lake – Zurich

★★★✰✰   But, at least to my eye, the production’s triumph is its final lakeside act. There, the formations of swans, as originally choreographed by Lev Ivanov, become intricate, delicate, lyrical, and intensely moving.

Tiler Peck in Coppélia.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Coppélia – New York

★★★★✰   Tiler Peck, with her quick feet and sassy musicality, is perfectly suited to the role of Swanhilda. Her choreography has copious amounts of pointework, quick steps, requires adroitness in petit allegro and excellent mime technique – all of which Peck has in abundance.

Alexander Kuiimov in La Fille mal gardée.© Russian State Ballet of Siberia. (Click image for larger version)

Russian State Ballet of Siberia – La Fille mal gardée – Basingstoke

★★★✰✰   The Siberian company performs its Fille mal gardée with good heart and neat feet.

Sophie Martin and Christopher Harrison in David Dawson's Swan Lake.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Swan Lake (Dawson premiere) – Glasgow

★★★✰✰   Sophie Martin’s Odette/Odille, despite the costume, steals the show with layers of dramatic nuance on top of the pushed lines of Dawson’s steps.

Celine Gittens and Tyrone Singleton in Swan Lake.© Roy Smiljanic. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Swan Lake – London

Opening night cast of Celine Gittens and Tyrone Singleton reviewed + some thoughts on Delia Mathews and Brandon Lawrence…

Sara Mearns in Peter Martins' Swan Lake.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Swan Lake – New York

Martins’ Swan Lake tries to be too many things to too many people.

Viktoria Tereshkina and Vladimir Shklyarov in Swan Lake.© 2015 Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos, courtesy BAM. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Swan Lake – New York

If you really think about it, Swan Lake is, for lack of a better phrase, an odd duck…

Alina Somova and Vladimir Shklyarov in Swan Lake.© V Baranovsky. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Ballet – Swan Lake – Washington

The formula for the success of the Mariinsky’s Swan Lake is simple. The love story between a beautiful young woman turned into a swan and a prince is told in a direct, traditional manner. There is no symbolism or hidden meaning here, no exaggeration or melodrama.

Gillian Murphy in Swan Lake.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake – New York

The previous night had been dominated by Gillian Murphy’s performance. She is an absolute powerhouse in this role, a kind of super-stylized, inhuman creature, an art-deco distillation of speed and daring.

NYCB in George Balanchine's Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Swan Lake, Allegro Brillante, Tsch Suite No. 3 – Washington

The revitalizing impact of Balanchine’s choreography on Tchaikovsky’s music was particularly evident in the all-Tchaikovsky, all-Balanchine program presented by New York City Ballet at the Kennedy Center Opera House during the last week of March.

Roberta Marquez and Steven McRae in The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – Nutcracker live screening in cinemas – Everywhere

There were revelations on-screen, too. …How many first-time spectators spot that the Biedermeyer-period Christmas cake in the Act 1 party provides the marzipan-and-icing set for Act II?

Hannah Vassallo as Aurora in Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty.© Simon Annand. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – Sleeping Beauty – London

He knows he can’t surpass Petipa (or Ivanov for ‘Swan Lake’) – but he can tweak their scenarios into something uniquely his own. And he’s magnificently served by a cast of just 17, capable of switching roles at the twitch of a fairy’s wing.

Kevin Jackson and Lana Jones in Dyad 1929 (Infinity mixed bill). © Lisa Tomasetti. (Click image for larger version)

Australian Ballet – Infinity Mixed Bill & Swan Lake – New York

How can a company make good impression with just a few performances of one or two programs? The pieces have to be representative, interesting, and show the company in a the best possible light. It’s not easy, as the recent Lincoln Center performances of Australian Ballet have shown.

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