Reviews of American Ballet Theatre in 'Coppelia.'
The Faster Times
The New York Post
All night long, Ivan Vasiliev, on loan from the Bolshoi this season to replace the (alas) injured Herman Cornejo, tried desperately to liven things up. He smiled, he jumped, he stomped with gusto, he shook his head and arched his eyebrows expressively. Vasiliev may not be an elegant dancerhe doesnt always point his toes, and he always tries to squeeze in another jump, another turn, even when theres no space or time or momentum leftbut he is an amazingly generous, natural, and open-hearted performer. It goes without saying that his jumps are simply enormous; he flies around the stage, reaching absurdly high altitudes that allow him the time to bask in whatever shape or trick the choreography requires (and a few that he just throws in for kicks).....
When the ballet first was done in Paris in 1870, Franz was played by a woman. He's been danced by a real man for a long time, but his part shouldn't be turbocharged with tricks. Still, right before the end, Vasiliev and Reyes pull out all the stops. He does a circuit of jumps so big that one dancer had to move himself -- and the bench he was sitting on -- quickly out of the way. Reyes follows by balancing in slow rotation like a music-box figurine, then speeding through whipping turns.