Starring the luminescent Natasha Barkowska…
The opening scene of Swan Lake is dramatic . . .
As Princess Odette, Tasha Barkowska is spellbinding.
Critics have described Ms. Barkowska’s performance as “boisterous.”
Shortly into the first act, the storyline takes a decided twist.
There’s a definite theme running throughout this contemporary adaptation.
For one thing, in this version, the Swan Princess is obsessed with snowballs.
And she’s a lot hairier than your average ballerina.
You could say events get a bit out of hand, and paw . . .
As the tension builds. . .
Sweet Odette transforms into. . .
. . . the Black Swan. . .
And when the trickery of Spring appears –
and Odette realizes snowballs eventually disappear,
. . . Odette takes a swan dive down to reality. . .
The final scene leaves the audience breathless . . .
At the end of the ballet, the camera pans upwards . . .
Backstage, after her performance, Tasha Barkowska can barely wait till Spring springs.
No worries, it’s just around the corner . . .
So what’s next for Ms. Barkowska?
A musical adaptation of “On the Waterfront” perhaps?
Maybe, but after the trauma-rama of playing the Black Swan. . .
. . . Ms. Barkowska may be ready for some lighter fare.