Tiler Peck was outstanding tonight as Aurora. Her phrasing and musicality were absolutely wonderful. She demonstrated the transition of her character over the course of the ballet very well. She was very elegant and lyrical in the wedding scene in particular. She didn't hold her balance a long time in the Rose Adagio the way Bouder did, but that didn't matter to me. Her technique throughout was very impressive. Gonzalo Garcia was a good partner, but he had a tendency to over-act to point of being a ham. He acquitted himself well in his solos, and the fish dives went very well. Janie Taylor was miscast as Lilac Fairy. Gina was a bit too campy as Carabosse. Erica P. easily executed all the technical demands of Florine, but I thought that she needed more lyrical flow in her movements. Bluebird (Huxley) acquitted himself well. I really enjoyed Gilliland as Diamond. Ask la Cour had some difficulty with his Gold variation. Onwards to the Morgan-Angle-Krohn debuts tomorrow!
Thank you abatt. I agree with almost everything you said, and you said it better than I would have! I loved Peck's Aurora, and you expressed why. The only thing I disagree about is Gina. I found her deliciously, glamorously evil.
I too enjoyed Gilliland as diamond, but my favorite was Abi Stafford's ruby. Her assured presence, technique and playfulness with the variation won me over.
I must say again that Lauren King was a delight as Vivacity. She has such a charming and joyful presence and she does the variation very, very well. I also enjoyed Muller as Courage. She had an energy and presence that I found enjoyable. I had never noticed her before, so this is another dancer for me to keep my eye on.
I agree that Janie Taylor was miscast. She seemed almost afraid of her variations.
But what a triumph for Tiler Peck, particularly as a debut.
I won't be able to see Morgan, so I'm eager to hear reports.