NY Times Review on ABT Romeo and Juliet
Posted 11 July 2010 - 06:06 PM
Photo is by Matt Murphy, a friend of Hallberg and former ABT dancer before health problems affected Murphy.
I liked that the review only described the Hallberg/Osipova performance. Hallberg has been getting rave revew after rave review this season (past seasons too):
"a superb partner"
"As Romeo, Mr. Hallberg was at his most fresh, exhibiting his confidence through clear, clean jumps and an ardor that matched."
"In his masked dance at the ball Mr. Hallberg made the first move with gleaming leaps and turns — his weapons for seduction. And during the rapturous balcony scene, ... he was rhapsodic.... By the end, dancing only for each other, they were windswept."
"... the courage to bare all whenever they [Hallberg and Osipova] step onstage gives them a resolute harmony. As young ballet stars they show a longing to push past the point of comfort in their roles.... You can sense their impatience, their devotion and, finally, their desire not to settle for a performance on the surface."
Posted 12 July 2010 - 06:07 AM
Posted 12 July 2010 - 07:52 AM
I always enjoy reviews which focus on the interaction of ensembles (even if the ensemble is just a partnership) than when the lens is focused narrowly on one favored performer to the exclusion of context.
As someone who has not and possibly will never have the chance to be in a theater when these two dancers are performing together, I really do appreciate getting the whole picture.
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