Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake / Mikhalchenko Vasyuchenko Vetrov Zhuraitis Bolshoi Ballet|
Actors: Alla Mikhalchenko, Algis Zhuraitis, Yuri Vasyuchenko, Aleksander Vetrov, Bolshoi Opera Ballet
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Grighorovich is a genius!
angel antonov | Europe | 07/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have watched many,many different productions of "Swan Lake",but the version of Jury Grighorovich is my favourite.The choreography is much more logical than the original.It is full of new and interesting ideas.Grighorovich does not tell the old story,but he penetrates in the soul of the heroes.He gives a new sence to the opposition "black-white".The soul of the men has the both of them.The scenography is really magical and helps to the choreographer to develop his ideas.The production has wonderful construction.
The orchestra of Bolshoi is exceptional.
Mikhalchenko as Odette-Odile has an exclusive technique,but I think that her dance is not very expressive.Vasyuchenko and Vetrov are good,but not exceptional,for me.But I am very impressed by the dancers who make little solos and by the corps de ballet.Only Bolshoi ballet could make such a production.
If you want great principals buy the versions with Makarova or Plissetskaya.If you want great production in general, this is for you!"
E. Gomez | 08/21/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a very nice version of Swan lake. The dancing is wonderful and the principles are good. My only down point is Mikhalchenko. Her technique is a bit rusty. She is a bit old school. But, the ball room scene is amazing. TOTAL DRAMA. The music for the variations of the black swan and the prince go really well with the over all mood. Best version on the market"
Poor recording and acting
R. I. Cookson | New Zealand | 04/17/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"In my opinion, the lighting and zoom in shots were rather substandard on this DVD and it is definitely not my DVD player at fault here. Things looked dark, fuzzy, too small in many of the shots. It is okay but not the best in terms of lighting and recording. It seems that Algis Zhuraitis had been having a vodka the night he danced Seigfried in this Swan Lake production and maybe the camera crew were as well. I did not think very much of the filming or the Prince's delivery of an innocent young man falling in love with an innocent young girl. I like to see great acting in ballet to move me into another world. Prince S. seemed quite fatigued at times while dancing leaps and turns in act 3. He executed the steps reasonably well I guess but it was the lack lustre acting that got me down. Other ballet dancers are really amazing actors and make the audience feel in sympathy. Is it me being too picky or has he got the beginnings of osteoporosis because I felt his shoulders seemed somewhat hunched although his chin was well lifted while dancing? Well nobody is perfect not even the finest on a bad night. Odette was okay - Odettes/Odiles usually are in Swan Lake. I like to see the other characters do something special as well as the Swan Queen. Von Rothbart danced okay but someone in the Bolshoi wardrobe dept.needs to get a more dramatic costume designed for their evil magician because I did not feel a single prickle of fear or loathing for the chap chasing young Seigfreid around the stage. Scary ballet moves were not enough to convince me of the evil that this magician was supposed to represent. He needed a big cloak or scary light effects to set him out as powerful and invincible. The curtain in the middle of the stage in act two was a nuisance and where were the Prince's friends on the hunt with their cross bows? By contrast the Royal Ballet Covent Garden's 1981 production put enormous bat's wings on its Rothbart which looks more impressive and huge.The American Ballet Theatre employed an alter ego for its Rothbart played by Marcelo Gomes to seduce young Odette. There is much that can be done to develop malignant characters image to contrast the helplessness of the innocent characters in ballet and the Bolshoi could do better here I feel. Well, that's about it."