05 Sep 10 - Sun Herald, Australia - EB

LITTLE girls and ice-skating fans will see a lot to love in SwanLake on lce, a spectacular production from the Moscow-based Imperial Ice Stars.

This is not some cheesy franchise-on-ice show; it's the real deal. All the cast are former skating champions and the productionvalues are impressive.

The lighting, set and costumes are lavish. Inspired by the ballet and using Tchaikovsky's orchestral score (pre-recorded, with some added passages), Swan Lake on lce tells of the love of Prince Siegfried (played very dreamily by Andrei Penkin) for Odette (Olga Sharutenko), a swan-girl cursed by the evil Baron Von Rothbart Vadim Yarkov).

We know he is evil because he wears black, smokes a cigarette and looks like Dracula. The ice dancing is beautiful, especially a waltz by the townspeople, and the aerial flying sequence from Odette is breathtaking. Olena Pyatash, playing the black swan, is as petite and graceful as a prima ballerina and she can emote like one, too.

The entire company lets rip in the finale with world-class ice tricks that sends everyone out on ahigh.

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