After months of anticipation, yesterday we went to see Swan Lake with Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares. It was absolutely magical. Even before the curtain went up I had goose bumps from the building menace of the prologue music.
Marianela and Thiago make the most stunning partnership as Prince Siegfried and Odette/Odile. Their emotional connection is tangible and the entire Opera House audience was enchanted. Added to this were the beautiful lines of the Corps de Ballet and dynamic character divertissements; the Spanish and the Neapolitan dances in particular.
At school we are learning the first solo from the Pas de Trois in Act I and I certainly have something to aim for now. It was also interesting to see Odette mime her story early in Act II as we have recently been taught this by ex-Royal Ballet Principal Anya Linden.
I left the Opera House dreaming of the day that I will not just ‘perform’ the part, but that I can BE Odette, feeling and expressing her every emotion through dance. I still haven’t come back down to earth.
If you only go to see one classical ballet in your lifetime, this should be it. Those of us who live and breathe ballet thank our lucky stars for dancers like Marianela and Thiago. That they are happily married is the icing on the fairytale cake. You can catch a glimpse of this special partnership in what I consider Swan Lake’s most beautiful Pas de Deux from Act II. Enjoy.