The National Ballet of Canada
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
March 8, 2014
by Denise Sum
Copyright © by Denise Sum 2014
James Kudelka's darkly reimagined "Swan Lake" has many fundemental problems that have been previously written about here. An incoherent narrative, an overly intrusive Rothbart, and a dreary and violent first act are only some of the problems. In cases like this, it is up to the dancers to try to elevate the work, which is never fair. However, on opening night, two principal guest artists, ex-Bolshoi star Svetlana Lunkina and Stuttgart principal dancer Evan McKie tried valiantly to do the impossible. They succeeded in making a flawed production considerably more watchable.