The Timeless Tale Takes The London Coliseum


Rojo has a seductive and commanding quality as the Black Swan from entrance to exit.


Tamara Rojo may be the Artistic Director of the English National Ballet, but this role has in no way hampered her ability to put on a show-stopping performance.

Rojo, who also dances as a Lead Principal with the acclaimed company, partnered Alban Lendorf in his début as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake – arguably one of the most popular ballets ever created.

Lendorf – a Principal dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet – produced solid lines and high jumps amidst a torrent of thrilling turns.  He first danced with the company in Etudes in April 2013.

Although Rojo displayed great technique throughout the difficult choreography of Act II, artistically her Odette left a lot to be desired.

Absent, though, was the chemistry required between Siegfried and Odette from the partnership between the two leads during Act II.

As Odile, though, Rojo put on a brilliant display.  Her Black Swan was full of breathtaking balances, perfect pirouettes and endless emotion.  She dazzled the audience by adding double and triple turns during the notorious 32 fouettés.

Lendorf and Rojo fell in sync as the former tried to allure the latter as the daughter of the evil sorcerer, Von Rothbart.

Rojo has a seductive and commanding quality as the Black Swan from entrance to exit.  Her movements are pure and complete and she displays an exquisite command of the music.

Upon her return as Odette in the final act, Rojo seemed more secure in the role – expressing the sorrow of the White Swan with great skill.

One flaw of the production, however, may be the death of the Swan Queen and her Prince.  One second Rojo was on the stage and the next she took a short fall into the ‘lake’ – what could and should have been the climax of this act was nothing more than a fleeting, almost unnoticed moment.

Swan Lake continues to play at the London Coliseum until January 18, 2015.  Visit the website of the English National Ballet for more details.

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