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St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre brings 'Swan Lake' to Taiwan

The St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre (STBT) presented a classic ballet piece from "Swan Lake" yesterday at the National Theater Concert Hall, and is scheduled to perform more selections in the next three days in Taipei.

This performance was held by the United Daily News group (UDN, 聯合報系) and sponsored by Hua Nan Financial Holdings (華南金控). The UDN group said that they had invited the STBT in 2011 and got magnificent feedback from audiences. Therefore, they decided to bring the group back again.

The artistic director of STBT Konstantin Tachkin expressed that he is pleased to return to Taiwan and present two ballet masterpieces from "Swan Lake" and the "Nutcracker." Also, since this year is the group's 20-year anniversary, it has become more sophisticated than last time it was here.

 "We hope you will be amazed by our achieved mastery of the past 20 years," said Tachkin.

Tachkin not only appreciates the organizer's invitation for this opportunity to perform at the National Theater again, but also gave his thanks to all his dancers who show such dedication to their performances. According to Tachkin, they had a very tight schedule recently, and the dancers could only arrive in Taiwan at midnight the day before the performance. However, Tachkin also said he has confidence in his dancers and believes that people will enjoy the show.

Elena Evseeva, the principle dancer of Mariinsky Theatre who was specially invited to play the main actress in the "Swan Lake" piece, said she was a little worried about the music since yesterday was the first day the troupe cooperated with the local symphony. However, after Evseeva rehearsed, she said the stage was comfortable and the music was graceful.

When asked about how Evseeva was going to interpret the double character of the white swan and black swan, she said her own personality is quite emotional. Therefore, when interpreting these two characters, Evseeva will merely relax and express herself to the audience.

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