Maggie Foyer, DANSPORTALEN.SE – May 2011
The Staatsballet Berlin’s Vladimir Malakhov gave a haunting interpretation of Mauro de Candia’s strange “La Morte del Cigno” (The Dying Swan), his sinuous muscular arms imitating the undulating neck of a live swan.
Theodore Bale, HOUSTON CRONICLE – Apr 22, 2011
No sentimentalism, as ladies love to do. On the boy side, you stay sober, almost austere. We take advantage of the best qualities of the dancer. Is Malakhov or Vigny?
Michel Odin, DANSE – March 2011
“La Morte del Cigno” was a thrilling and memorable dying swan embodied by Russian Vladimir Malakhov, according to the version of Italian choreographer Mauro de Candia.
Reny Martínez, DANZAHOY – Dec 07, 2010
La Morte del Cigno (2009) by young Italian choreographer Mauro de Candia is the absolute evening highlight. The piece, in which is presented the dead of a swan, lasts four minutes and is danced by a male dancer, Zachary Chant. On Saint-Saëns original music, the choreographer invents striking images of elegance, brawn and suppleness. Great, wide, finished arms movements, sometime shaping the swan beak, are represented by a throbbing, vivid acting body, which times pierce the air, others roll on the floor.
Mihaela Vieru, DANCE FOR YOU MAGAZINE – Nov/Dec 2010
The Berlin Ballet Opera, in the person of their superstar director, Vladimir Malakhov, offered The Dying Swan, yes, to the Saint-Saëns score but to very different choreography. An interesting take on.
Sheila Cross, BALLET.CO.UK - Nov 23, 2010
Vladimir Malakhov impressed in Mauro de Candia’s modern take on of “Dying Swan”.
Volkmar Draeger, NEUES DEUTSCHLAND – Ott 01, 2010
The solo for the Leader is new for Berlin public. Contained in an enclosed space, Mauro de Candia set on Vladimir Malakhov’s fragile body, the Pas Seul “Dying Swan” on Camille Saint-Saëns music. A death-seeking body with memories on broken singing Nijinsky’s dance language.
Boris Michael Gruhl, TANZNETZ.DE – Sept 30, 2010
Vladimir Malakhov danced a modern seminude “Dying Swan” ravishingly beautiful.
NEUES AS BERLIN – Sept 29, 2010
The solo last hardly four minutes. The Australian dancer Zachary Chant has no more than a single spotlight to perform in. And nonetheless his portrayal of La Morte del Cigno is the high point of the Introdans Christmas Gala. In this masculine interpretation of Michail Fokine’s famous Dying Swan (1905), immortally rendered by Anna Pavlova, we see a proud beast that tenses out its ribcage, pecks viciously with its beak (visualized by the swan-like position of the hand) and draws itself up with its last ounces of strength towards its second home: the air. This stubbom beast seems to be caught up in its own limbs, still tries to rise up with animal grace, but in the end has to admit defeat. Chant, clad in nothing more than flesh-coloured underpants,presents a convincing performance that finely balances muscle, suppleness and physical mime. Introdans gives us a nice Christmas gift by including this solo by choreographer Mauro de Candia (made a year ago for the Giovane Balletto Mediterraneo) in its repertoire.
Annette Embrechts, VOLKSKRANT – Dec, 27 2009