Re-Watch: Swan Lake Reloaded

Swan Lake Reloaded is a dance show by Fredrik Rydman. It’s a combination of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky‘s Swan Lake with modern street dance. [I saw it a second time: here’s my first review.]

Plot:
Based on the classic Swan Lake, the show gives the old tale a new spin: A young prince who has grown tired with his partying lifestyle falls in love with a whore who is being controlled by her pimp through drugs.

The second time around this show was just as brilliant as the first time around though interestingly enough in a completely different way for me. It’s fascinating how these things go sometimes.

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Swan Lake Reloaded

Swan Lake Reloaded is the newest dance show by Fredrik Rydman. [He also did Bounce: Insane in the Brain.] It’s a combination of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky‘s Swan Lake with modern street dance.

Plot:
Based on the classic Swan Lake, the show give the old tale a new spin: A young prince who has grown tired with his partying lifestyle falls in love with a whore who is being controlled by her pimp through drugs.

Swan Lake Reloaded is a really cool show. The music is awesome, the dancing is pretty great and I thouhgt it was an interesting take on the story.

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Tanzperspektiven (Dance Perspectives)

Tanzperspektiven is a current contemporary ballet production at the Vienna Opera where they show four half-hour pieces choreographed by four different people.

A Million Kisses to my Skin (music by Johann Sebastian Bach, choreography by David Dawson)
Dancers: Olga Esina, Vladimir Shishov, Nina Poláková, Denys Cherevychko, Liudmila Konovalova, Davide Dato, Maria Yakovleva, Natalie Kusch, Kiyoka Hashimoto

Eventide (music by Jan Garbarek, Philip Glass, choreography by Helen Pickett)
Dancers: Rafaella Sant’Anna, Ketevan Papava, Nina Poláková, Irina Tsymbal, Robert Gabdullin, Roman Lazik, András Lukács, Eno Peci

Vers un Pays Sage (music by John Adams, choreography by Jean-Christophe Maillot)
Dancers: Olga Esina, Irina Tsymbal, Ketevan Papava, Roman Lazik,Denys Cherevychko, Andrey Kaydanovskiy

Windspiele (music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, choreography by Patrick de Bana)
Dancers: Masayu Kimoto, Erika Kovácová, Rafaella Sant’Anna, Zsolt Török, Attila Bakó, Marian Furnica, Tristan Ridel, Géraud Wielick

I got a free ticket for this show which was pretty cool. (Free tickets usually are, especially if it’s for stuff I actually like, like dancing.) Unfortunately, it was for a seat with limited view and I saw only half the stage (at best). But the half of the show I saw was really amazing.

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Black Swan (2010)

Black Swan is the newest film by Darren Aronofsky, starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey and Winona Ryder.

Plot:
Nina (Natalie Portman) is a dancer in a struggling ballet company. Its director Thomas (Vincent Cassel) decides to put on a version of Swan Lake where the White Swan and the Black Swan are played by the same person. Nina auditions like everybody else, but in her need to control everything, she never seems to be able to really get the sensual seduction of the Black Swan. The pressure on her rises – from Thomas, from new company member Lily (Mila Kunis) with whom Nina strikes up a competition, from Nina’s mother Erica (Barbara Hershey), but most of all from Nina herself.

My expectations for this film was way, way, way up high. Not only is it the newest film by Aronofsky and stars two of my favorite actors (Portman and Cassel) and I hadn’t heard a single bad word about it in advance. Expectations couldn’t get any higher. And how completely satisfying is it that all of them were met?

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