Review: Swan Lake, Russian State Ballet of Siberia, Ipswich Regent, February 13

Siberian Ballet Swan Lake

Siberian Ballet Swan Lake - Credit: Archant

Tchaikovsky’s timeless fairy tale of love and loss received a tender portrayal in this memorable adaptation by the Russian State Ballet of Siberia.

Russian State Ballet of Siberia Swan Lake

Russian State Ballet of Siberia Swan Lake - Credit: Archant

In this classic monument of ballet, some of the world’s best dancers played out the story of ill-fate Prince Siegfried and his would-be bride Odette.

The plot was beautifully brought to life with stunning costumes and clever choreography by Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov and Sregei Bobrov while the familiar music was given a vibrant feel by the Russian State Orchestra of Siberia.

Ekaterina Bulgutova delivered a stand-out performance as an effortlessly graceful, swan-like Odette before transforming into the darker version of Odile.

Her Prince Siegfried, by Sergei Smirnov, did not let the audience down with Odette’s grace and beauty compelling the couple to create genuine emotion.


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The ballet’s classic themes of betrayal, deceit and loss came across with dazzling effect by the dancers with Egor Osokin proving to be a formidable and dark villain as Von Rothbart, the Evil Genius who has imprisoned the princess in her swan-like state.

The talented cast ensured the audience were transfixed on the enchanting ballet, which is probably the world’s most well-known classic, for the duration of the two acts.

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