The English National Ballet revive Derek Deane’s 1997 staging for a limited time only at the London Coliseum. Here’s what the critics have been making of it.
The Guardian: *** “Sadly, there is little chemistry between the leading couple, in either guise, so for all its many merits and standout moments, this Swan Lake ends up feeling somewhat hollow at the core.”
Broadway World: **** “Swan Lake may be a classic and traditional ballet, but this production makes it feel fresh and buoyant with feeling thanks to this talented company.”
The Telegraph: **** “I know of no finer traditional Swan Lake than English National Ballet’s.”
The Stage: **** “the company consistently impress. Precious Adams stands out, demonstrating lyrically silken wrists in Act I’s pas de trois and zesty authority in the Act III Spanish dance, alongside the slickly assured stylings of Aitor Arrieta and Daniel McCormick.”
The Arts Desk: **** “Correctly, the true stars of the evening are the swan maidens, and it’s the corps de ballet’s united discipline, stamina and focus that creates the greatest poetry on stage. There is excellence, too, in the national dances, unstinting in their heel-clicking energy and crazy posturings. With some Swan Lakes, you remember this bit for the costumes but here it’s all about the dancing.”
Culture Whisper: *** “Although Deane’s Swan Lake is one that still sits well in ENB’s repertoire, allowing for dynamic company performances, it is not without its quirks and occasional misfires that restrict some of the most emotionally powerful moments of Tchaikovsky’s score.”
Bachtrack: ***** ” English National Ballet’s production brings to the London Coliseum intense lead interpretations, and great technical feats; like the vigorous batterie combined with gracious yet fast and silent pas de chat of Crystal Costa and Barry Drummond’s excellent Neapolitan dance, and the sassy and fresh pas de trois, in which Julia Conway superbly fills the stage with her variations.”
The Independent: **** ” This is a traditional, appealingly straightforward production, from Peter Farmer’s fairy-tale gothic designs to the brisk storytelling. It makes a fine post-Christmas treat.”
Evening Standard: *** “First-night principals Isaac Hernández and Jurgita Dronina are both blessed with clean lines, flowing port de bras and natural musicality. Yet where Dronina’s Odette is soft and yielding, her Odile strong and seductive, Hernández’s prince is almost a blank slate.”
Swan Lake continues to play at the London Coliseum until the 13th January.