I received complimentary press tickets to attend this performance in exchange for my honest review.
Irina Kolesnikova, the Prima Ballerina Assoluta of the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre, is making her U.S. Debut Season in the role of Odette/Odile in the beloved Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky. We saw her perform at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., one of many stops on the U.S. tour. The on-stage theatrical scenery was magnificent and enhanced the production, the music and effects were timed perfectly, and the costuming was exquisite. Overall, it was a wonderful ballet to watch.
Irina Kolesnikova commanded the stage as she captivated the audience with her portrayal of Odette and Odile. Her dance was mesmerizing and enchanting while executing each movement, jete`, and pirouette with precision while maintaining the graceful lines of her arms. Whether dancing alone or in the arms of Prince Siegfried (Denis Nedak) as Odette/Odile, Irina became the Swan Queen.
Irina’s mastery and talent are a testament to the years of training she experienced in her rise to the top of her profession. World-renowned for her repertoire, Odette/Odile remains her pièce de résistance. Her pirouettes are breathtaking. Irina’s reign of the stage shines through, even amid the corps de ballet, her performance is the standout—the one you will remember long after you go home.
Whether performing as Odette or Odile, Irina enchants in each Act, bringing forth emotion and passion through dance, while transforming between characters effortlessly. Irina as the Swan Queen is role not to be missed. Irina Kolesnikova was born to play this role, and she entertains the audience in a charming and delightful manner.
Irina Kolesnikova is an international award-winning ballerina, having trained since a young girl in St. Petersburg, and her hard work has developed into her becoming one of the world’s best dancers. Over the years, she has played the most-coveted roles in classical and romantic ballet productions, and she has earned her mark as a star in the world of dance. Irina Kolesnikova in Swan Lake is a must-see performance!