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BWW Review: SWAN LAKE at FestivalBallet Providenceby Barb Burke May. 12, 2019

Festival Ballet's Swan Lake opened Friday at Veterans Memorial Auditorium, ProvidenceRI, filling the stage with moment after moment of take-your-breath-away beauty.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's iconic ballet is one of the world's all-time favorites with allthe elements that make the story ballets so popular such as love, romance, folkloriccharm, magic and beauty. Festival Ballet Providence's production adds another element- strength - in the strength and athleticism of the dancing and the strong characterdevelopment of the major roles.

In addition to the excellent dancing, there were so many moments of this performancethat created gorgeous tableaus just from the combination of the assembled dancers onstage, the new costumes and sets by Peter Farmer and the illumination of AliciaColantonio's lighting design. Farmer's sets evoke the ballet's 19th century Romantic-eraorigins The trompe l'oeil effect of the gothic-inspired castle interior was particularlystriking.

As the enchanted swan princess, Odette/Odile, Eugenia Zinovieva is a dream. Shedances every step with a clear love for the role, evidenced in the care she gives to everymovement from the slightest wave of a finger to the notoriously challenging turnsequences of Act III.

João Sampaio's Prince Siegfried, is elegant,yet powerful. Sampaio is those rare gifteddancers whose leaps seem to hover in air.

Ricardo Rhodes was an audience favoriteboth for his exuberant execution of some ofthe evening's most athletic dancing and forthe endearing and emotive performance hegave as the Jester of the Court.DavidDuBois's dramatic portrayal of the evilsorcerer Von Rothbart was strong anddramatic, with raptor-like movements thatgave the character a threatening,otherworldly characteristic.

The namesake swans of the ballet were portrayed by Katherine Bickford, CharlotteNash, Athina Alimonos, Jessica Alvarez, Eleanor Ambler, Sara Clarke, Kailee Felix,Julia Guiheen, Emily Lovdahl, Louisa Mejeur, Elizabeth Mochizuki, Dara Nicole,Brenna DiFrancesco, Kristy DuBois, Raechel Sparreo and Mellissa Wong with thatcombination of beauty and strength that flavored the whole production, particularly inthe case of the swans, in the precise arm work.

The joyous spirit to the party scenes of Acts I and III, provided a nice contrast to theserious nature of Acts II and IV. Of particular note was the exquisite performance of Acti's Pas de Trois by Charlotte Nash, Jay Markov, and Rachel Sparreo.

Unfortunately, the audience was not able to applaud some of the fine dancing of thethose party scenes as as it appeared some of the cast was absent for the final bow.

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