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True to Form

True to Form

January 17, 2014 | 01:03 PM

The Moscow Festival Ballet's opening night production of Swan Lake was flawless. As an arts enthusiast, I crave theatrics and drama. I am not being overly dramatic, however, when I say this. It will be quite some time before Central Indiana patrons have the opportunity to see a professional ballet performance of this caliber. In other words, there are two remaining performances this weekend, so you'd best give the box office a call.

Many ballet companies perform this timeless classic, yet few do so with the originally intended staging and choreography of the most influential ballet master of all time, Marius Petipa (1818-1910). It's no surprise The Moscow Festival Ballet achieves such perfection as they are under the direction of Sergei Radchenko, former student of The Moscow School of Dance and 25 year veteran of the famous Bolshoi Ballet.

The full-length version of Swan Lake requires such feats of skill, concentration and musicality that it is often modified in some way. The only departure I noted occurred in the last scene where Radchenko eliminated the "drowning and death" plot conclusion and replaced it with one of "love defeats evil." If I had known this in advance, I would have encouraged my school-aged children to attend. Perhaps I will call the box office and remedy that!

Bravo Moscow Festival Ballet!

And many thanks to The Center for the Performing Arts for such fantastic arts programming!

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-Wendy S.

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