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Boca Ballet Swan Lake - Sara Mearns 8/3

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#1 Kristen


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Posted 05 August 2014 - 07:53 AM

This production was a total pleasure and I was impressed with the quality of the production. Kudos for a third time viewing of a Boca Ballet Theatre production.  (I saw the Mariinsky do Swan Lake in January and do not want to draw any comparisons, since we’re playing in a totally different league here, not to mention that my Mariinsky ticket didn’t sell for $35)  The Boca Ballet dancers were of all sizes, styles and talent levels, but gave a cohesive, well rehearsed performance overall.  Ariel Soto, guest from the Cuban Classical Ballet, was a Benno with a great jump and stage presence.


Seeing Sara Mearns for the first time live was a delight, particularly from the sixth row in a small theatre.  She’s a gorgeous dancer and any minor flaws were the result of partnering problems – understandable when dancers meet up shortly before a guest appearance.  Simon Ball was a competent, if unremarkable, partner.  He cuts a pleasant figure, but lacks elevation.  I’ve never seen him before and in younger years, perhaps he had it, though you also have to consider the limiting effect of a small stage.  The audience felt pretty much as I did – polite applause for Ball, very enthusiastic for Mearns.


Mearns transition from Odette to Odile was magnificent, with much of the personality transformation communicated with flashing eyes.  Her fouettes traveled a bit, but given her incredible Balanchine style speed, who would care?  No, she doesn’t have those Russian swan arms, but nevertheless, I can’t imagine any NYCB dancer delivering a more gorgeous, nuanced Odette than Mearns.

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 09:23 AM

Thanks for reporting on this! I have never gone to one of their performances, because it would have to coincide with a visit to my parents' and my ribs and spine are still on the mend! But I appreciate hearing about how it went. 

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 10:27 AM

I would have liked to see this performance--thank you for the report.

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