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Ah! The Kirov Is Here

Swan Lake (Konstantin Sergeyev production)
The Kirov Ballet
Opera House
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
December 30, 2003

by Alexandra Tomalonis
copyright © 2003 by Alexandra Tomalonis

There’s still a freshness about Konstantin Sergeyev’s production of Swan Lake even though it’s more than 50 years old. The first act is especially lovely, the dances flowing gently from one side of the stage to the other like leaves blown by a spring breeze. Seeing this Swan Lake directly after the company’s new design-heavy Nutcracker brings home how revolutionary it must have been back in 1950 when it swept dramballet aside and turned the focus on the dancing. It’s as much part of the post-World War II swing to neoclassicism as Balanchine’s Palais du crystal and Ashton’s Symphonic Variations. The production is of its time, and perhaps ahead of its time. The Neoclassicism of the 1950s gave way to the psychodrama of the late 1960s, and now designo-drama is rearing its head. But last night in Washington, neoclassicism was queen, and the company, led by Daria Pavlenko and Igor Zelensky, looked gorgeous.
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Review of the Kirov Ballet's Nutcracker by George Jackson

The Season's Last Nutcracker

The Nutcracker
The Washington Ballet
Warner Theater
Washington, DC
Sunday, December 28, 2003

by George Jackson
copyright © 2004 by George Jackson

On the last day of its run this year, Mary Day's The Nutcracker attracted family. Not only did persons from the dance world attended but, by and large, the general audience, too, knew what to expect. Even the children regarded it as something of a holiday habit. It seemed they had been to Miss Day's show before or had heard of it as cherished lore. By the time they left the theater, the not-so-young and the not-that-old alike had feasted their eyes and ears a little. The juniors may also have learned to pay attention and had the chance to practice their manners by not talking during the dancing and not applauding out of turn.

The production is a traditional Nutcracker with original touches. It is modest in an American way and has roots in a Washington that was still innocent of Kennedy Center. In the memories of old timers the images of certain dancers in certain roles flicker persistently, no matter how vital the current cast.
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What's On This Week

Russian National Ballet

The ballet company performs Swan Lake.
8 p.m.
Montgomery College Performing Arts Center
51 Mannakee St.
Rockville, MD

D.C. Area Dancers - Men's Project

Local dancers and choreographers, including Vladimir Angelov, Daniel Burkholder, Reggie Cole, Paul Emerson, Reggie Glass, Ludovic Jolivet and Helanius Wilkins perform group and solo works.
6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9
Millennium Stage - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Map & Directions
Foggy Bottom/W. End

D.C. Area Dancers - Women's Project
Local dancers and choreographers, including Karen Bernstein, Sherill Berryman-Johnson, Mary Buckley, Gesel Mason, Cathy Paine, Carla Perlo and Deborah Riley.
6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10
Millennium Stage - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Map & Directions
Foggy Bottom/W. End







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