David H. Koch Theater
New York, NY
July 15, 2014
by Mary Cargill
copyright © 2014 by Mary Cargill
Ballet companies, it seems, might as well program "$wan Lake" and be honest about it, since there are no productions around resembling the original Petipa/Ivanov story. The Bolshoi's Grigorovich reworking is no worse, but certainly no better, than others seen in New York. It is, at least, set in the Middle Ages, though the designs (by Simon Virsaladze) seem to be influenced by an unique style called Gothic Expressionism. The court scenes are dominated by a big gold blob that rises up and down, and the lake scenes are a turquoise haze devoid of mystery, poetry, or beauty. The costumes are comparatively restrained for Virsaladze (only the jester wore two-toned tights), though Prince Siegfried seemed to be quite fond of sequins. The black swan tutu was especially attractive, with a black velvet bodice and a hint of wings on the skirt.