Perthshire Advertiser - - THE TICKET -

There was a buzz of ex­cite­ment about the fuller than usual concourse to Horsecross on Novem­ber 10.

It was go­ing to be a packed house for the Rus­sian State Bal­let and Opera House of Astrkhan with their live orches­tra for Tchaikovsky’s mag­i­cal Swan Lake.

This com­pany of young dancers did not dis­ap­point. There was some rewrit­ing of the Swan Lake sto­ry­line: some clever, some you won­dered why they had re­placed the far-fetched with the equally un­be­liev­able.

The Prince, Artem Pu­gachev, tall, with very long legs so his lifts ap­peared in­cred­i­ble, was given a neg­a­tive role, lan­guid and a lit­tle bored.

Sym­me­try amongst the large corps de bal­let was gen­er­ally good, par­tic­u­larly later when the 18 swan maid­ens grace­fully filled the wide Perth Con­cert Hall stage.

The change to the lake was ef­fec­tively and al­most in­stantly man­aged by pulling away the cur­tain back­drop of the gothic court - the fa­tal fi­nal waves also showed good stage­craft.

The Prince falls in love with Odette, a svelte Ma­rina Nomy­rova. The swans and the duets were en­tranc­ingly done, as, to the de­light of the au­di­ence, the four lit­tle swans.

Of­ten Odette and Odile are danced by one bal­le­rina. Here in a con­vinc­ing re-write the good and the evil pair (Roth­bart, Maxim Mel­nikov, and Odile, Anas­ta­sia Turchina) mir­rored each other in dance with a more mod­ern feel.

The cos­tumes of the ret­inues were sump­tu­ous: red vel­vet for the Hun­gar­i­ans and pale blue and white for the Poles.

In to­tal it was a su­perb per­for­mance, both en­joy­able and well ca­pa­ble of awak­en­ing in­ter­est. On De­cem­ber 9, Friends of Perth Cathe­dral Mu­sic (FPCM) will once again wel­come the Perth High School Mu­si­cians per­form­ing an 11.30am con­cert at Perth Cathe­dral St Ninian’s. Tick­ets at the door £7 and £5 con­ces­sions and mem­bers, ac­com­pa­nied chil­dren free. Pro­ceeds to fu­ture mu­si­cal train­ing .

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