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on 7 July 2017
Having the previous filmed version I did not think I would want this DVD. But I was wrong, quite wrong. This version is vastly superior. Since the first performances of this ballet in 1995, Mr Bourne has cleverly tweaked his choreography to enhance the production. The performance is now much sharper, flows better and the drama comes across much stronger. Having watched both versions several times now I much prefer the three leads in this version. Richard Winsor as the Swan/Stranger, Dominic North as the Prince and Nina Goldman as the Queen Mother excel.
Classical ballet this is not. But then so say it is a contemporary dance piece would not be entirely true either as all the dancers have had some classical training. In the end it does not matter. What matters is this is a well-crafted, superbly danced performance of a different version of Swan Lake, the twist being the corps de ballet of swans are all male, all powerful and quite mesmerising.
The production remains true to the structure of the original classical ballet so the two famous ‘white acts’ are there and quite magical they are too.
One important reason this is a must have DVD for anyone interested in dance is it is filmed in high definition. I believe it is has been filmed on a slightly larger stage than the original version was filmed. The camera work in this version is much better too.
Another reason this version is well worth it is the full orchestration of Tchaikovsky’s music. I’d buy the DVD just for the music alone! The New London Orchestra give a brilliant account of the score and it sounds as I am sure Tchaikovsky wrote it. Indeed it is refreshing to hear again some of the music at the tempo first written and this whole production gives full and glorious justice to Mr Tchaikovsky. Bravo to Mr Bourne for not taking the easy option of a reduced score or smaller orchestra.
The dancers, the choreography, the clever set design, the atmospheric lighting, the full, lush orchestration sound combined with the high definition camera work make this DVD worth every penny.