★★★★★ - Irresistible
In the clearing of a misty forest somewhere far away there's an enchanted lake filled with the sorrow of a mother's tears. Nevada Ballet Theatre took us to that magical place recently at The Smith Center with the premiere of their extraordinarily pretty "Swan Lake," staged by Cynthia Gregory after the choreography of Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa to the music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Gregory's version of the tragic tale, about an innocent maiden transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer and the handsome prince who loves her, streamlines the saga by trimming superfluous details, especially in the garden party of the first act. The result is a prologue and three scenes which focus on the core story by telling it through naturalistic performances and clear miming, and particularly through the eyes of the melancholy prince.
After all, the story's the thing and the emphasis on character enhances the quality of classical movement given by the company, supported by the refined, 51 piece orchestra led by Conductor Leif Bjaland.