ABT Rep. Prog. #2, June 23-25
Posted 26 June 2003 - 09:33 AM
Monday: Kent, Gomes
Tuesday: Brown, Corella
Lubovitch has made a work that is all form, little substance. So many moments that delight the eye (the opening image of the gauze-draped Sylphs swirling in low lights, as if they were clouds is the best), but fail to lead anywhere. The music (by Christopher Theofanidis) was not unpleasant but episodic, so the absence of choreographic development could be the result of the score. There was little opportunity for the leads to distinguish themselves. But everyone looked so lovely!
Monday: McKerrow, Gardner
Tuesday: Ferri, Molina
McKerrow has succeeded over time in bringing a degree of rapture to this role that she rarely achieves in other roles. If this was not her most emotional reading of it, she does know the qualities it demands and fulfilled them. Partnered gallantly by John Gardner in a guest appearance, she looked happy to have this opportunity to dance it. Her shoulders looked uncharacteristically stiff, but nonetheless her upper body amplitude was touchingly expressive.
Ferri, on the other hand, was all supple limpidness, but modified the steps so that she ended up giving little more than a sketch of the role. Molina's weighted emphasis in his variation contrasted vividly against Ferri's lightness. Still, the duet seemed vacant until that final, swooping inverted attitude lift, which is always breathtaking.
Monday -- Don Q pdd: Herrera, Carreno
Tuesday -- Grand Pas Classique: Wiles, Hallberg
Once again, Paloma got to come out and do her thing. While she has elevated it a bit beyond her series of stunts of past years, it was not at the level of the pas as she did it in the full-length. She had as capable and chivalrous a partner as one could desire. Carreno's dancing was as elegant, musical, thrilling as ever.
Wiles and Hallberg saved GPC from descent into vulgar tricks, to which it is so prone. Their elegant bearing, technical brilliance, exquisite musicality and infectious joy lifted the evening.
Monday: Ferri, Steifel, H. Cornejo
Tuesday: Kent, Gomes, deLuz
The company looks better here than they did last fall, capturing Ashton's fluttery fairies in their enchanted woodland. It is an absolute delight. On Monday, the show was all Cornejo's. Did his feet touch the ground? Tuesday belonged to Kent. I cannot imagine a more delightful characterization, progressing from a huffy anger to love-sotted intoxication. Even people who tend to avoid her were charmed by this performance.
Posted 26 June 2003 - 10:52 AM
Posted 26 June 2003 - 12:28 PM
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