A review of the West Australian Ballet
in "La Sylphide" by Rita Clarke in The Australian.
Widdison-Jacobs was stunning, expressing the round, soft-armed gestures and open fingers required and sublimely elegant en pointe. She exudes an alluring freshness, the only hiccup the beginning of her dying scene with James clinging rather messily around her middle. As James, Sergey Pevnev gave a sterling interpretation, relying on his technical prowess, his impressive leaps and twirls (a bit wobbly on landing once or twice) and as convincing acting as mime allows you. Yu Takayama, the wronged bride, was bewitching and sensibly pragmatic, marrying James's rival (Matthew Lehmann) in a trice when James takes off after the Sylph. The witch, Madge, is pantomime's dream and Craig Lord-Sole gave it his all, hubbling and bubbling around the cauldron, cursing James to high dudgeon.