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Swan Lake - for once a disappointment
on 12 February 2012
Swan Lake, recorded at the Bolshoi theatre 1989, with Alla Mikhalchenko
I was too hasty in my first comments on Swan Lake. Oh yes, it was a new DVD, not used, and the customer reviews on Amazon were so commendatory that I was sure this was going to be great. But, alas, when I had sat down to enjoy the ballet I was very disappointed.
The music, the colours and the photo were all rather harsh, like in an old Technicolor movie, and the stage background was dark, heavy, and too ponderous.
The close-ups on the Swan Princess showed her sweaty face and heavy makeup, and I could count most of her ribs. The close-ups on the prince were equally unflattering. His most prominent features were his buttocks and privates, too conspicuous in his white tights ...
I want my Swan Princess and the Prince to be beautiful! If they are not, the performance can't cover up for this disadvantage.
I am now searching the web for a better and more beautiful version of the Swan Lake ballet.