So it looks like I have the privilege of writing the first review.
Let me say that from the start that tonight's Manon was a truly extraordinary experience. I have never seen anything like it at ABT or anywhere else.
This was my first time seeing Vishneva. How a human being can move as she does, I cannot quite comprehend. To watch her being lifted, spun around and quite literally be thrown from one person to another - I was in awe.
The first scene with Diana and Marcelo was mesmerizing and it just kept getting better until the stunning finale. There was talk on here about all the guest artists and how they are unfamiliar with each other and lack chemistry. Well, here we have the exact opposite - not just chemistry but outright passion. When the curtain came up for the first curtain call, they were locked in a tight embrace, seemingly oblivious to the audience who were cheering for them. By the 4th and 5th curtain calls, they looked utterly exhausted, but both very gracious.
And it is not just the chemistry between Diana and Marcelo, but also Diana and Victor Barbee as G.M, Diana and Roman Zhurbin, as the jailer, and I'd even say between Marcelo and Herman Cornejo. Herman was thrilling to watch and had a contagious energy and Roman was ruthlessly seductive.
Manon - the story, the dancing, the romance - is just so different than any ballet I've seen before. And this was one of those rare nights where the acting, the music, the dancing and the dancers all come together so perfectly.