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Oklahoma City Ballet concludes season with 'Swan Lake'

The Oklahoma City Ballet's first full-length “Swan Lake” is a hit with audiences.
BY KATHLEEN REDWINE Modified: April 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm •  Published: April 24, 2013

Oklahoma City Ballet ended its season with a stunningly beautiful production of one of the iconic ballets of the 19th century, “Swan Lake.” With a cast that included guest artists from the Houston Ballet for two performances, as well as live music provided by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, “Swan Lake” dazzled the senses of even the most seasoned ballet lover.

This full-length production, seen for the first time ever in Oklahoma City, was so much more than this reviewer expected. The lush scenery and costumes were courtesy of the Eugene Ballet Company, while staging was done by artistic director Robert Mills, Lisa Moon and Jacob Sparso after original choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov.

I had the pleasure of seeing both Oklahoma City Ballet dancers Miki Kawamura and Yui Sato, and Houston Ballet guest artists Nao Kusuzaki and Christopher Coomer perform the leading roles of Odette/Odile and Prince Siegfried.

Each couple brought their own strengths and slightly different interpretations, though both couples seemed stronger and more confident in the Act III Black Swan pas de deux than in the more fluid and lyrical Act II pas de deux.

Kawamura and Sato danced on opening night, giving the audience an emotionally charged performance, despite some tension in the first part of the White Swan pas de deux. I enjoyed their passion, expressed beautifully in both the dynamic third act pas de deux and the sorrowful end of the ballet.

Kusuzaki and Coomer danced in Saturday's performance. Kusuzaki's interpretation of Odette, the white swan, looked more effortless and softer than Kawamura's, though there were a couple of minor partnering bobbles.

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