I attended at 5/16's and 5/17's evening shows. I really enjoyed both performances, but especially 5/17 evening !! That was magic.
5/16 Paloma Herrera and Ivan Vasiliev
Paloma Herrera was still most charming as Kitri! When she appeared, she stole the stage. Her balance keeps were very well, andjumps were sharp and high.
Ivan Vasiliev gave very high and tricky jumps(ex. suddenly opened his legs in the air).That was worth seeing.
In solos, he showed off himself thrillingly. The audience applauded loudly to him.
However, I did not find love between them not at all. It's the most disappointing point in this performance.
Also Vasiliev slowed in his pirouette in last solo in Act Ⅲ, it fizzled out in the end.
But as a exhibition of ballet-techniques, that night was very enjoyable.
5/17 Polina Semionova and Marcelo Gomes
I think everyone who watched Marcelo and Polina dance that night would smile widely and feel happiness.
Polina was filled with the joy to dance with her brilliant, reliable and dedicated partner. Her technique was superb and seemed that she was at the top of her game.
Marcelo really seems to love showing off Polina,so she tried to hand him the huge bouquet in their curtaincalls with her heartfelt gratitude, it was supremely convincing.
(He was surprised at it and give back it to her with laugh)
Marcelo's dancing and acting were totally perfect. Though he seems to be somehow moderate in the forest scene, he entirely controlled his power and his power grew more and more through the production.
His "One hand lifts" was absolutely incredible!! These were the most wonderful lifts I've ever seen. He looked like lifting a little bouquet, not a ballerina. He lifted her highly with his one arm, and his the other arm dangled at his side. It lasted for a long time.
His multiple manage, beautiful fouette and turns were also so gorgeous.
He command entire stage and paid attention to soloists and corps de ballet. Of course, to Polina, most passionately.