Life is full of coincidences. Last weekend while in Denver, I texted former Cincinnati Ballet principal Kristi Capps to say hi. Turned out her significant other, Dmitri Trubchanov, also a former Cincinnati Ballet principal, was performing THAT VERY EVENING! in the Colorado Ballet production of “Swan Lake.”
Obviously, I had to go (it was Saturday, October 15th’s evening show). Dima was Prince Siegfried and Chandra Kuykendall was Odette/Odile.
It was a wonderful, fully realized version of this tragic masterpiece, complete with full orchestra. The theme of the power of love to break an evil spell was fluently played out.
Many of Dima’s fans here will remember his skill at establishing a noble character in search of love. His melancholy solo was masterly. His partnering was great, his jumps still lofty and stage eating. Kuykendall has all the necessary chops for her demanding role, including breathtaking amplitude and the ability to define the poignancy of Odette’s situation as contrasted to Odile’s wiles. The evolving love story between prince and swan queen drew me entirely into the final tragic and triumphant scene.
The production, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, continues the 19th through the 23rd. Gil Boggs is artistic director of Colorado Ballet (which recently celebrated its 50th year). Choreography was by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, updated by Amanda McKerrow, John Gardner and Sandra Brown. The ravishing Tchaikovsky score was conducted by music director and principal conductor Adam Flatt.
More on this show and Denver coming soon!
Here is one charming audience member named Katy at intermission, very much in the spirit of the thing!