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Alina Somova in Swan Lake. Moscow Kremlin Ballet. Athens, Megaron Concert Hall. December 2011. © David Makhateli.

Somova’s best effect is terrific. If not the best white swan in the world, she must be very near that summit: the look, the line, the ease of her balances and extensions and her fragile beauty are all qualities that Somova just has in abundance. Always a truly wonderful Odette (and getting better by the performance) she has developed the black side by retaining all these Odettian qualities and then giving them the blast of a blow torch and jet pack.