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New York Daily News

Wednesday, July 16, 1986





Masterful ‘Swan’


By Kay Gardella


    “On Stage at Wolf Trap,” tonight at 9 on Ch. 13, offers a breathtaking production of “Swan Lake” by the Kirov Ballet of Leningrad.  It’s deserving of a standing ovation, even in your own den.

   This remarkable troupe, visiting our country for the first time in 22 years, will keep you enthralled for the program’s entire two-and-a-half hours.  Constantin Zaklinsky as Prince Siegfried looks like a Greek God and dances like he has been inspired by the muses. He is physically so attractive he dominates the stage.

    Produced by Michael Styer, the stereo broadcast is hosted by Liz Trotta, a free-lance journalist who was formerly with CBS News.  She fills you in on the history of the ballet company, which, she says, “for 200 years has been the epitome of classical style and line.”

    The program is enhanced by a stereo simulcast on WNCN-FM radio.

    This ballet, as noted by President Reagan at the start of the broadcast, is a result of the cultural exchange program forged during the summit meeting last year in Geneva between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.