Russian National Ballet "Swan Lake" review by Paul Horsley
The stalwart Russian ballet tradition with its roots in France has
long formed the foundation of just about any kind dance you can name.
Until the 1980s this tradition was held high by the Soviets as a source
of nation pride and worldwide recognition for a Union that had little to
be proud of. After the Union collapsed the tradition became splintered,
partly for lack of funds. When it reemerged, it had a different feel to
it, one that often mixed past grandeur with a contemporary twist.