THE RUSSIAN BALLET CRACKED PARIS IN 1900 AND AS INTEGRITY PREVAILS, ONE OF THE MOST PRESITGIOUS DANCE TROOPS INUNDATED THE THEATRE WITH A SPECTACLE THAT HAILED NOTHING SHORT OF PURE ENCHANTMENT.
Swan Lake, as the prolific story goes, reigned the stage with an idyllic romanticism that put one beauty in line with the macabre. Russian folk tales were in fact the root of the ballet masterpiece, which in full ordinance displayed the concept of duality to present the white swan Odette in sprawling tandem with her evil counterpart Odile. The fantasy unfolds and Odile’s black swan character bears the marks of a darkly twisted drama.
This season’s fantasia darkens it’s choreographed maneuvers to hook in elements beyond the light ruffles and tucked bodies which personify the dance. Saint Laurent brought crinoline popping party dresses and cropped leather bikers to the catwalk. There was just enough punk to serve the undertone through thickly brimmed makeup that masked the eyes and heavily enamored the theatrics of the moment. Charlotte Olympia framed the plot with her portrait tote, which fittingly mirrored the cultural and social freedom with which the Russian Ballet first thundered. Rodarte went neutral which kept movement flowing through the storyline with the lightness of chiffon. The black swan’s sinister side could best be concealed with Valentino’s off the shoulder band and Salvatore Ferragamo’s thickly encrusted heels. Stella McCartney’s black pearl jewels wholly ornamented the moment at which the black swan meets her ‘other’ to bring the dark twist of the dance’s decadence full circle.