Posted 09 May 2011 - 07:57 PM
Here are very scattered impressions:
I got to see the Friday night performance in addition to the two matinees. Obviously, "Violin Concerto" is my favorite ballet, and "Symphony in 3 Movements" is my #2, so I was in heaven. I agree with many of the previous commenters, including gratitude for the lovely, well-danced and elegant "Tombeau." On the whole, I was very happy to see not only all these ballets combined, but danced well, with strong energy.
I liked Fairchild and Finlay in "Duo Concertant" for both performances - they really brought it back to life. In "Violin Concerto" I feel that Korowski is perfect, La Cour is really growing stronger and deeper, and I also feel (not backed by any documentation) that Ramasar is not deeply committed in his work. Maybe I'm taking the message from the Strohman a little too far, but that's the impression I'm getting. To me, Hyltin is a little lightweight for the seriousness of that "Aria," and for "Apollo," as well. She's lovely, with a beautiful line, but I feel as if she's about to float off the ground. Her phrasing in the beginning of her solo in "Apollo" (where she paws the ground) in the performance and at the discussion later seemed a little off to me. I agree with other posters that Finlay is beautiful, but needs to be more mature. And he will be soon!
I liked Janie Taylor and Tiler Peck in "Symphony in 3" (on Friday) but Lowery is just out of place in this Company to my mind. The long chain at the start and finish of the first movement was beautiful, especially on Sunday. Stafford, Hyltin and LeCrone on Sunday were outstanding. I was glad to see Andrew Scordato in a prominent role -- and was very pleased that Daniel Applebaum was featured in Agon. Those two men, and several others (including Henry Seth, Vincent Paradiso, Devin Alberda, andTroy Schumacher, who I adore) were in just about everything this weekend, and looked superb. I had been missing the lovely Maya Collins last season, and was delighted to see her again. Lauren King, Amanda Hankes and Lara Tong were also standouts.
Reichlin was excellent in M/M -- first time I've really liked her (I'm way behind you guys). I also agree that Mearns and Korowski were a mis-match in "Barocco." Mearns looked like she was flailing her arms around. Korowski is really turning into an artist: she was phrasing things in a way similar to Kyra Nichols, with that slight rubato.
Bouder and Stanley in "Square Dance" were just as good as they were last season, and I was very happy to see them partnering again. He is capable of the extremes that this role demands.