The Royal Moscow Ballet performed iconic Tchaikovsky classic Swan Lake at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Saturday night, accompanied by the spectacular Royal Moscow Orchestra. An enthusiastic conductor steered the orchestra through the first piece of music, setting the scene until the curtains opened and the ballerinas leapt on stage. While the dancers bought tremendous energy to the performance and the costumes were stand-out, the venue itself was a let-down. The amateur stage and seating setup at best resembled a high school auditorium, leaving us to believe that many would have been unhappy with parting for such large amounts of cash for the show. On top of that, the audience appeared to have left their manners at home and were chattering and playing with their phones throughout.
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Luke Myer May 14, 2013 05:14 pm
A waste of money, time and energy. i want my money back so i can do something more useful with it. like burning it
NA May 13, 2013 04:39 pm
I went to Swan Lake in Dubai yesterday and I have to say that I was extremely disappointed by the setup there, starting from the narrow stage which is obviously not made for professional ballet dancers....to the seats which are stoney stadium like seats .....alchemy projects you made it the cheap way this time :-/
Luke Blane May 13, 2013 10:48 am
My wife and I attended Swan Lake at the Trade Centre last night and were completely disgusted and embarrassed by the venue and the way that the event was handled.
This is one of the most prestigious ballet shows in the world and I was forced to sit on pathetically cramped fold down seats which were so close together that it was impossible to get comfortable and they were only accessible from one side.
The world renowned orchestra were made to sit on the same level as the guests and were so cramped together that they could barely move.
The food and beverages were very limited.
Finally, during the show the venue staff were, what sounded like, slamming doors and stacking tables and chairs just behind the stands which created such a noise that even the dancers were put off.
I have waited many years to witness the Royal Moscow Ballet perform and thanks to a terrible venue, extremely poor planning and pathetic event management, it was a lees than average experience.
Please Dubai, if you want to compete with the rest of the world step up your game. This is not the first time I have been let down.