[size=3]Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux[/size]
I have my own standards for this piece, which includes a shameless display of pure, sweat driven technique-(ok to call it tasteless, vulgar, pyrotechnic, gymnastics/cirquish-related and so on...),particularly for the male variation and the coda. Right after the adagio is over, I don't want to see any more subtleness or anything that is not the total desire of the dancers to make the audience gasp . Was this the original Balanchine approach...? Maybe yes...maybe not, but that's how I got to know this PDD, and hence, anything different from that looks suspiciously bland on my eyes.
But, enough of my monologue, and on with the performances. Friday and Saturday there were Catoya and Panteado who took the challenge, which they both did very well during the adagio. Catoya looked very cute, precise, as clean as she could be...her movements picture perfect, with the right accents here and there...a very studied, MUSICAL approach...that's the word. Panteado knows her, and she never looks better that when he's her partner. Now, the great stuff started when Panteado came for his variation. What a GREAT variation!! His pirouettes are spotless, his fifth position landings breathless...beautiful tours en l'air. His final kneeling landing just down to the second along with last note of the score. He couldn't get that variation any better...on both nights. Great. Now, Catoya's approach was more careful...she did show more control over the choreography than in Miami-(like the final series of sautees), but I wish she could have sped up a little more her final sequence of pirouettes/piquees/chainees. She chose to be very careful about it, and that subtracted weight to the usually spectacular ending of the variation. Wrists are still not as broken as I like to see them here...but in general she did comply with all the steps, if not with the right pacing-(or at least right to me, IMO). Now, the biggest problem came during the coda, which started just great...Panteado's brisé volées were magnificent, and so on...and then...here they were: the fish dives. I think there's a mix of factors for which these famous dives didn't work here. Catoya didn't look all that confident in that that she wasn't going to brake her face on the floor, and then Panteado didn't separate himself enough from here so she could have plenty of room to run and throw herself with the proper amplitude. End of the story. In general, they were very well liked, and I enjoyed a lot their interpretation.
...but then, Sunday matinee came,and guess who's in the program to dance the PDD...Oooh yes...my two stars: Hurricane Delgado and Sarabita. That was a surprise, as they did not danced it in Miami. OMG...I won't go over and over about this two, which I've done several times on this board. Jeanette just can't contain herself-(and she shouldn't for God's sake!)-and Sarabita just went back ten years ago and was, once more and for some precious minutes-his old astonishing self. Long live this partnership!
And Jack...weren't this time the fish dives just AS DARING AS THEY SHOULD BE?...I mean...she reminded me that old Lepeshinskaya's clip on Youtube...or even the stories I've heard when Alonso used to just jump in the darkness of her blindness being completely sure that the clock precise Youskevitch was right there where she KNEW he would be...not a millimeter out of his place.
That's when one just realize what makes a GREAT PARTNER. Now, people...That was THE TPDD to see..
Coming up...Company B-(yes...I will review it a bit...let's see how bad I am... he,he