I attended tonight and was highly dissapointed.
I thought Seo was a total miscast, and lacked a lot of rehearsal time and maturity as Aurora, to say the least.
Act I was the worst by far. She looked very, very nervous. All the step were rushed, and many sections of the choreography simplified or poorly executed.
Once again (looks like I really have no luck with her) she had some big technical problems. Second round of balances in the Rose Adagio (when Aurora does the final attitude promenades), started badly, she was terrified to the point of not letting the first prince go for a while, face and tension in upper body were more than obvious, I really felt bad for her. The situation got progressively worst until the third prince arrived, during the promenade she lost the balance, went to the side and fell off point. Luckily she recovered and finished them.
She was at her best in Act II, nothing spectacular, but no technical problems and she was way more musical and secure.
Fishing dives in Act III were ugly and super cautious. She would not lift her supporting leg off the floor until he had her completely secured, ( exactly as she did with Hallberg in the opening night gala. Back then I thought it may have been because of David H recent injury). Her variations were ok, but behind the music many times, and again no joy, no happiness...
More than anything, to me, it was Seo going through the steps from beginning to end, sometimes terrified and some others less scared.
She totally lacked the stage presence, the royal and luxurious quality that Aurora demands, to make this ballet work.
Of course, it doesnt help the fact that the production is so horrendous and the set and costumes even worst...the more I see this the more I dislike it.
Muntagirov was ok, his technique is very good but his acting department needs a lot of improving, cold cold cold....and there was zero chemistry/connection with Seo.
The best of the night to me were the fairies, especially Simon Mesmer and Isabella B., Stella Abrera was also really wonderful as Lilac Fairy.......and J. Gorak's blue bird. He is not the super skilled technical dancer but his refinement and elegance is truly magnificent.
overall i just left with a bad taste, first time in the season that I was sitting in the theater and couldn't wait for the night to come to an end.