Saturday, March 22, 2008

Swan Lake: Makarova and Perm Tchaikovsky: Get Going!

Makarova's Swan Lake in Chicago was a wonderful dance experience missed by a lot of people, judging from the sparse attendance at yesterday's performance in the Auditorium Theater. But who knew? There wasn't a lot of prepublicity, nor anyone tooting the horn ahead of this gem of a troupe. Plenty of horn blowing in the ballet, though. So much of the showmanship of the original was captured here: the drama of the story, the individual starry characterizations, the plush ensembles and even a pit orchestra with energy and full-blooded Russian style. A little rough around the edges, to be sure, but so true to the heart of this piece.

Only two performances left! So get out there, Chicago!

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