By Elaine Schmidt, Special to the Journal Sentinel
MILWAUKEE (Milwaukee Sentinel) — And now for something completely gorgeous: The Milwaukee Ballet opened a production of “Swan Lake” on May 31 at the Marcus Center.
Choreographed by artistic director Michael Pink, after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s legendary 1895 production, with the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra and conductor Pasquale Laurino playing the famous Tchaikovsky score, the production is a feast of beauty, grace, emotional depth and exquisite classical dance — lots and lots of classical dance.
The ballet’s story, which tells of young lovers Odette and Siegrfried, who are doomed by the ruthless greed of Odile, is less a detailed narrative than a through-line for scene after scene of heartbreakingly beautiful solos and pas de deux, and stage-filling ensemble numbers.
Dancing those roles on Thursday (also scheduled to appear on Friday and Saturday evenings) were Luz San Miguel as Odette, Marize Fumero as Odile, and Davit Hovhannisyan as Siegfried.
San Miguel’s delicate, emotionally intense Odette, and the relationship between her character and Hovhannisyan’s Siegfried gave the production its heart.