Agnès Letestu, a feminine and warm Odette, and José Martinez, a convincing, pale, vulnerable prince Siegfried, are the stars of this deeply passionate, 'dream’ version of Swan Lake. Rudolf Nureyev’s interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s lyrical ballet, far from being a clichéd stereotype, is an exposé of astonishingly powerful and recognisable human emotions. Under the inspired and clear-cut musical direction of Vello Pähn, this production is one of the jewels of the Paris Opera Ballet’s repertoire. It brilliantly displays the meticulous precision, technical prowess and pure, unmannered style of the company’s unrivalled female corps de ballet.
“…their [Agnès Letestu & José Martinez] dancing was sensational, and Letestu in particular was magnificent.
She was soft, lyrical yet aristocratic as Odette, as befits her slender, long-limbed body and her mime scene was
of intense beauty. …Letestu is outstanding as Odile, both in her technical prowess and artistic interpretation.”
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