I attended the Short Stories program on Wednesday. During Sonnambula, I kept thinking about how much I miss Wendy Whelan in the lead role. Wendy always seemed to float as if driven by a light wind. I never got that impression with Taylor, whose footwork seemed a little too slow and plodding. In Prodigal, Maria K. was replaced by Reichlin. I had not seen Reichlin or Ulbricht in Prodigal for a number of years, and they have each improved in their respective roles. Reichlin, especially, has become a more commanding Siren. Last up was Slaughter. Mearns was sexy and high spirited as the stripper, and Veyette did a wonderful job with his tap dancing. However, there was little chemistry between the two dancers.
Regardng the NY Times article, I'm glad the article made favorable mention of Lydia Wellington. I think she has been overlooked and was disappointed that she was not promoted to soloist. She is a lovely dancer.
Unfortunately I will not have a chance to see Hyltin debut in Sonnambula tonight. Reports please!