Reviews of the Milwaukee Ballet in "Mirror Mirror."
Telling the story of Snow White, "Mirror Mirror" stays fairly close to the Grimm brothers' version, minus the seven dwarfs and with an added backstory. Good triumphs over evil, as it must in any fairy tale worth its salt.
Director-choreographer Pink's take on the story is built around decisive acting, expressive dancing, clear connections between characters and a good deal of captivating theater.
While Gartell undoubtedly steals the show, on can't fail to mention Teague's ideal portrayal of Snow White. She performs the role with all the light, childlike grace one would expect for the character. Snow White's friend Gustav, portrayed by Alexandre Ferreira, is essentially the Prince Charming of this tale. Ferreira is worth remembering in this role as his powerful leaps and turns impressed the audience into mid-performance cheers and applause. This production is ideal for a large ballet company because, even though the story focuses on Snow White and Claudia, there is rarely (if ever) a moment when at least four other dancers aren't dancing alongside them. There are a few busy scenes and many elaborate ensemble pieces.