BWW Reports: The Bolshoi's SWAN LAKE

BWW Reports: The Bolshoi's SWAN LAKE

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.

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Barnett Serchuk Writer/Interviewer--Broadwayworld Dance.