Thursday, July 19, 2012
The level of my obsession for Ulyana Lopatkina's Legend of Love knows no bounds. Perhaps the Boy Scouts of America banned my kind for our obsession with obscure Soviet-era ballets that are never performed stateside. Ulyana Vyacheslavovna's portrayal of Queen Mekhmehneh Bahnu is dripping with palpable passion and forbidden love. The queen is in love with a local artist who loves her dying sister. The sinister queen's fierce intensity is a level of emotion that only than most insane of Russian women appear capable of possessing. Many love Yevgenia Obraztsova in the romantic role. It should be no surprise that I love the tortured bitch. She is truly and utterly fabulous.