Royal Danish Ballet
April 10 2015
A continuous theme in reviewing Nikolaj Hübbe and Silja Schandorff’s “Swan Lake” have been the discussion of whether putting six casts on a run of only 17 performances was a good idea. There have been many good and even outstanding performances to back the strategy, but there has also been performances where it was clear that some of the casts would have benefitted from more rehearsals and more coaching. There had even been strong arguments for more casts, as several dancers has shown here or previously that they also deserved a place in the lineup.
The final couple in the run Gregory Dean and Amy Watson is only the second of the casts where both are principals. Both are veterans from the previous RDB “Swan Lake” by Peter Martins, so the audience should rightly expect a top-notch performance.