ABT 2015 Met season in American Ballet Theatre Posted May 12, 2015 I was there last night too. I feel like a fool, but was that really Boylston in Sylphides? I don't have my program with me now, but I thought the soloists were Melanie Hamrick and a shorter, lighter-haired dancer (with a great jump) whom I didn't recognize. I agree that it was lackluster. Tom Forster did thud about, and Hamrick seemed uninspired and lazy. I can't say this ballet is one of my favorites, though. Pillar of Fire was fantastic and perfectly cast. This ballet is so unique in the staging and lighting. The chemistry between Stella Abrerra and Gillian Murphy is something fierce. And I love the choreography. Glad to see it back. Fancy Free was good times, and the audience couldn't get enough of Herman and Marcelo (can you blame them?) The dancers seemed to be having legitimate fun. My boyfriend really wanted to know how much of the choreography was original and how much the dancers embellish their solos, in particular all of the humorous hip shaking in Marcelo's solo. I told him I thought they stuck to the original choreography (didn't Jerome Robbins himself perform the hip-shaking, mambo part?) pretty closely, but I wasn't sure. Yes, lots of empty seats at the Met, although the crowd did seem a bit younger than usual. (I wouldn't have bought tickets for this performance myself, but I won them in an ABT Facebook contest) There were a noticeable number of Koreans in the house, presumably to support Hee Seo who had a bit of a rough night, falling on her bum in Sylphides. It can only go up from here? Oh, and regarding calling Boylston, "Bella," didn't everybody call Baryshnikov "Misha" and Marakova "Natasha"? Seems like exactly the same thing.