On the whole, this was an excellent production. The dancing was exquisite, as well as the whole look of the production. Nina Ananiashvili, who played Odette/ Odile truly was each of her characters, both distinct from each other. (She even did all her curtain calls in character.)
One of the things I look forward most to in Swan Lake is the White Swan Pas de Deux, mostly because the music is some of the most beautiful I have ever heard. Sometimes, the dancers just don't embody the pathos in the music for that section much to my disapointment, but in this production, the dancers not only performed a wonderful pas de deux, but truly felt as the music sounded. The music sounds sad, just as Odette's fate is, and I was very pleased to see this piece reflect that emotional range. I think this may be my favourite version of that Pas de Deux so far.
Of course, the Black Swan Pas de Deux, as well as the rest of the black swan was equally impressive, and an impressive contrast to the white swan. In contrast to the gentle sad Odette, Odile is played with assertiveness and confidence. Nina Ananiashvili played both parts so well, each differently. Of course the dancing part was very exciting, including the traditional thirty-two foutté turns.
This production surprised me with a happy ending. Most versions of Swan Lake I have seen have a sad ending with the death of Odette and her prince. In this one, they both live and conquer the villain.
Now usually I compare the dancing component to the story-telling component. I would say that this production was very strong in the dancing, but other than a few instances, I did not get caught up in the story as much as I would have liked, though I could follow the story. This did not detract from my enjoyment of the production though, and so I still give it a perfect score.