I would highly advise people to catch the second Osta/LeRiche performance. I saw them last night and while Osta's technique was diminished she was frail, tragic, heart rending as Giselle. Just wonderful. One beautiful personal touch: as she leaves Albrecht forever, she gives him the same blank, deranged look she gave him during the Mad Scene. Spooky and surreal.
Osta's mad scene really made sense. Her Giselle is a physically and mentally fragile, young girl, who lives a bit in her own world from the beginning, talking to herself and figuring things out in life. Her breakdown involves her retreat into her memory and inner world, which she has already revealed to us, in part. She demonstrates herself analyzing what happened and trying to figure out the truth and meaning of what she experienced, observed, and was told. Her efforts to escape her pain are touching and dramatic.
I may be wrong, but I don't think she performed the entire whirling dervish choreography last night. Sometimes, lifting and removing binoculars, I miss part of the action. Le Riche changed some of the choreography, too. His modifications created interest, even if the audience missed what was omitted.
After last night, I highly recommend seeing husband and wife dance teams. Le Riche displayed great tenderness and love for Osta, and lifted her to such incredible heights. He was so proud and happy for her during her bows. I have seen similar, genuine emotion and chivalric, deferential, and protective behavior when Irina and Maxim are together at ABT.
I really enjoyed the Willis from the fourth wing. Myrtha truly looked like she was suspended in the air, flying sideways.
In Act 1, the corps looked a bit tired, and not as remarkable as earlier in the week. Peasant pdd was better earlier in the week too, but still wonderful.