A review of Jose Manuel Carreno's
farewell by Marina Harss for The Faster Times.
This was in complete contrast with the “black swan” pas de deux, in which Carreño and Murphy were two like two naughty, impossibly glamorous children, pulling out all the stops. They pushed each other to ever-greater heights, until she exploded into a series of triumphant fouetté turns, mixed in with double, triple, and perhaps even a quadruple turn. Carreño, whose panther-like jumps have seen some diminishment in recent seasons (understandable, at 43), matched her with his turns “à la seconde,” with the free leg extended out to the side, to which he added a few doubles and at least one triple of his own. It was a circus, and it was beautiful—of course, the crowd went wild.