BWW Reports: The Bolshoi's SWAN LAKE
Svetlana and Tatiana, two mature women originally from the Soviet Union, recently attended the July 16th performance of the Bolshoi's Swan Lake. I happened to overhear their conversation on the IRT going downtown.
Svetlana: Tatiana, what did you think of the Bolshoi's Swan Lake?
Tatiana: Words fail me--in both English and Russian.
Svetlana: That scenery. It looked like bathroom showers, and ugly ones at that.
Tatiana: I think I'll write them and suggest they do their shopping at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Svetlana: And the scenery-downright putrid. They should go to Ikea.
Tatiana: Is there an Ikea in Moscow?
Svetlana: I don't know. If not, they should import it from one here in New York.
Tatiana: The choreography. It looked so old fashioned.
Svetlana: I'd say it was the choreography of Yuri Grigorovich.
Tatiana: But the program also lists Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, and Alexander Gorsky.
Svetlana: Maybe Susan Stroman also.
Tatiana: Why not? Where was the passion of this ballet?
Svetlana: Maybe it's Putin at work.
Tatiana: No. I don't think Putin is interested in ballet. But the Bolshoi better get its act together soon. To bring such a production to New York is a disgrace.
Svetlana: What did you think of the second act pas de deux?
Tatiana: As far as requiems go, it was fine. Do they always play the music at such a deathly tempo. I thought I would fall asleep.
Svetlana: I have to confess I did. I wonder what Tchaikovsky would make of all this?
Tatiana: And those national dances, you know the csárdás and mazurka. Where were the boots?
Svetlana: Maybe they forgot to wear them.
Tatiana: The orchestra wasn't bad.
Svetlana: Actually, pretty good. But you still want to see something move on stage, and I don't mean that as a metaphor.