Having read quite a few negative critiques of Svetlana's dancing I decided I would be extremely critical. I was completely seduced by the sheer beauty of her dancing. The Rose Adagio was wonderful and David Hallberg is an accomplished danseur. I was never bored as I have been with some productions. I can really say I was completely mesmerised by the music and at times found myself smiling with utter joy. A super treat
I bought this DVD for the sets and costumes, and they are indeed lavish baroque and excessively luxurious, however watching the whole ballet with their overpowing presence they do very much distract from the dancing; they actually overpower it. The dancing is good but not spectacular. The Paris Opera production has better dancing. The sets and costumes by Ezio Frigerio were commisioned to inaugurate the re-opening of the Bolshoi and cost millions of £, and they were menat to awe the audicience which they do. It is an overwhelming spectacle but probably not appropriate for this ballet and its story. This ballet needs sets and costumes which are more lyrical and diaphanous, and I would even say slightly gothic and not baroque as this production is. Carabosse is a joke here, seems like a giant monster ogre and not and evil fairy witch. The orchestra plays at lightning speed. Overall enjoyable and worth having but not the best production. Ashton's production for the Royal Ballet is preferable but not available on DVD, and The Paris Opera production is overall better from the dancing standpoint.
Wonderful performances by Zakharova, Hallberg and Allash. Very lavish, new production. The filming was done from slightly below the stage, it seemed, which was a slight negative, but most balletomanes would love this..
This is classical ballet at its very best. We watched it over Christmas and it was sheer delight. The sets are complimentary to the dancers and do not overpower, the music just perfect and overall a wonderful experience
Absolutly wonderful.The soloist are the best you can have in this ballet today.I saw Natalia Makarova and Rudolf Nureijev i The sleeping beauty at Covent Garden in june 1973.This performance is the best i have seen since then.The corps de ballet perfekt.Orchestra first class.
You really can't fault the Bolshoi!! Svetlana Zhakharova really is the prima ballerina of our time. In fact I would say she is one of the all time greats. What a beautiful ballet. My favourites remain La Bayadere and The Pharaoh's Daughter, but this is a really beautful ballet.