I went into last night's Giselle with very low expectatons for Kent. I bought the ticket to see Bolle and Abrera. Kent's changes of the standard choreography in Act I had me worried that this was gong to be a bad night. However, I'm happy to report that her Act II was very satisfying. As noted above, her willowy arm movements made up for the deficiencies in her arabesque and her footwork. The orchestra slowed down the tempo to a crawl at certain points for Kent The emotional connection between Bolle and Kent made this a very satisfying performance dramatically. Bolle was thrilling in every way - wonderful actor, excellent dancer, marvelous partner. He is a huge asset to ABT. All the lifts that were etiher omitted or watered down by Hallberg were performed to perfection by Bolle. He made Kent look weightless. I had trouble focusing on Abrera during her solo because the people in the row behind me decided to have a conversation at full volume (not a whisper) in a foreign language at that moment. RUDE.
As noted above, Gorak had a problem in the peasant pas, but most of it was beautifully done. Lane and Gorak make a good couple.
The balcony was poorly sold. I guess Bolle is a bigger draw in Europe than the US..
I wanted to also mention that although I was disappointed with Semionova's Giselle, I think she has done excellent work in other ballets. She has done wonderfully as Kitri, Nikiya, Sylvia, and other roles