Friday, March 27, 2015

Alexandra Cunningham and the Sacramento Ballet opens Swan Lake with a flawless performance

After watching Alexandra Cunningham's performance in Swan Lake at the Sacramento Community Center Theater, the best comparison I could come up with, Cunningham performed on the same level as the late great Freddie Mercury of Queen.

I had the pleasure of witnessing Freddie Mercury on three separate occasions  in the late 60s and early 70s and his spectacular stage presence and performance,  He was very seductive and crowds adored him.

Alexandra Cunningham as Odile with Stefan Calka as Prince Siegfried.
Photo credit: Keith Sutter
The same was so true for Miss Cunningham last evening when she danced the duel role of Odette and Odile.  As Odette her dance moves were precise, yet so fluid, and she captivated the audience.  But when she appeared as Odile, she quite literally seduced the audience as she beguiled Prince Siegfried, a role danced by the very talented Stefan Calka.

I spoke with Calka and Alexandra both after the show.  She told me she made some "mental notes" during her performance one that I considered flawless.  When I complemented Calka on his performance, he gave most of the credit to Miss Cunningham saying, "With a partner like Alex, it is s much easier."

It is a role that most every ballet dancer aspires to, and no doubt Miss Cunningham nailed it on this her first ever performance of Swan Lake.
Maggie Rupp, Lauryn Winterhalder, Karina Hagemeyer, and Evelyn TurnerPhoto credit: Keith Sutter

The quartet of Maggie Rupp, Lauryn Winterhalder, Karina Hagemeyer, and Evelyn Turner was unbelievable as they moved in perfect synchronization, not a miss-step anywhere.  There routine was extremely difficult as they traversed back and forth across the stage in tandem.

The entire troupe was inspiring to watch and the theater overflowed with beauty, talent, and most important of all a cast of people, reaching beyond those on stage who are committed to bringing the best in Ballet to the Sacramento region.

Hats off and thanks to Ron Cunningham, Carrine Binda, co-artistic directors of the Sacramento ballet, the Board of Directors, and all the stage crew and behind the scenes.

It was truly an amazing show!

Three performances remain so don't miss out.  Get your tickets now!
Now is the time to purchase your tickets before they sell out! There will be four performances of this incredible production of the grand ballet Swan Lake. Purchase tickets by clicking this link.

March 27 @ 7:30pm
March 28 @ 7:30pm
March 29 @ 2pm

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