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Not the Kirov's finest hour
on 16 July 2015
The original choreography and most of the story have fallen by the wayside in this bloated misconception. Some of the stagecraft is incredibly clumsy - girls, if you want to be mistaken for a life-size doll simply strap its dress to the front of your peasant girl costume! Nobody will notice! And the final "twist" is idiotic, as is a scene in which some unfortunate dancers pretend to use spinning wheels. Judging from the lack of applause this performance was filmed in an empty theatre, not that this prevents the dancers from indulging in facial contortions meant to be visible from the nosebleed seats at the Maryinsky.
Astonishingly enough the production was filmed in 1993 but looks much older.