Helene, you're right. It is an exceptional issue.
One of my favorite parts is BT's own Jane Simpson reviewing the Royal Ballet's Jewels
. It's evocative writing, with 4 fine photographs. (I love the 8 happy jete-ers from "Rubies.")
Among the insights:
One definite advantage of Jewels over a narrative ballet of the same length is that we get to see far more leading dancers in the course of one evening.
That means that we get Simpson's impressoins of an awful lot of major performers in the two casts she saw.
The two casts proved to me beyhond doubt that the Balanchine Trust may make a lot of fuss about things like the exact colour of the costumes but they are far less presecriptive when it comes to interpretations. Carlos Acosta and Ricardo Cervera in the Edward Villella role, Sarah Lamb and Alexandra Ansanelli int he Patricia McBride role could hardly be more different from each other.
And the following almost makes me feel that the performance would be worth a trans-Atlantic flight:
Acosta, totally relaxed, looks as if he's making the steps up as he goes along and having the best time of his life in the process ...
But ... why no Acosta photo? A shot of him racing around the stage at the head of his pack would be guaranteed to enter ballet history. What a complement to the famous Villella photo.