27 August 2013

Swan Lake at the Civic

I am far from a ballet expert. I have seen the ballet twice now. My first time was only a couple of years ago - it was a Russian troop doing Cinderella with recorded music.

My second time on Sunday (25th August) - a matinee session at the Civic of Swan Lake by the Royal New Zealand Ballet, with Auckland Philharmonia performing Tchaikovsky's music.

Magical. Sublime. Awesome. Amazing. I was enchanted! If *that* is ballet, then I am a fan! I could have immediately sat back down and watched another performance!

Here are some excerpts from a stuff review that sum it all up better than my rants could:

Swan Lake! Mere mention of the title will cause ballet aficionados' eyes to light up and wonder who is performing? Is it any good? Does it charm, does it make you sigh and weep? Or are we having to endure an evening of 'thumping swans'? 

No chance of the latter, I assure you. There is every chance that you will be lost for words after this production. And indeed it is a little difficult to write about it without venturing into hyperbole. But it was better than good, it was fantastic...

... Act 4 was utterly compelling from the moment the curtain went up. The strength of the swans as they gathered around Siegfried and Odette to protect them and to break from von Rothbart's spell was mesmerising and might alone even have been the highlight of this production...

... Overall, it was a heady mix of rapture and entrancement. A wonderful evening out.

Read the full review here. And bring on the next show I say!

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