Just got back from this year’s Nutcracker.
Korowski was really great, very secure and serene. The terrible slide that gives many ballerinas issues was done without a hitch. Someone here had asked about her in this role, and I too was a little apprehensive as she had posted on Instagram that she had retired multiple roles in the fall season. But I was pleased to see she had no problems. She continually amazes me with her level of technique at her relatively advanced age, and I’m very much hoping to see her in Stravinsky Violin next month, she just astounded me last year in that.
To me the standout of the night was Kikta as Coffee- easily the best version I’ve seen of that part. Why on earth hasn’t she been promoted??
Mimi Staker was lovely as Marzipan. Laine Habony replaced Phelan in Spanish- she was fine but I can’t get past her smile, which just looks like a sneer. I know that’s petty, but there it is.
Lastly Gerrity danced well as Dewdrop, but tonight it seemed every time she turned her smile vanished and her expression became tight and strained. I’ve never noticed her do something like that, she’s usually a very confident, consistent performer.
Overall a good performance, already looking forward to next year.