2018 Romeo & Juliet in American Ballet Theatre Posted June 17, 2018 · Edited June 17, 2018 by Classic_Ballet 1 hour ago, BalletFan said: Classic Ballet: I agree with everything you wrote. Wow, what a night it was last night!! I've never been a fan of Isabella, but now I am. Yes, as you said, she "completely knocked the ball out of the park." I, too, would rank this as one of my top Juliet performances of all time. Isabella and David were absolutely fabulous together, much better than David and Natalia were last month. I'm so glad I saw this performance, and I hope this partnership continues to grow. I am glad you too enjoy it. I thought it was an epic night. I personally dont remember a Juliet irradiating so much happiness for being in love, particularly in the balcony pdd, her variation was a celebration of love, she seemed flying all over the stage, I got chills through out the entire performance......and her acting before surrendering to dance with Paris, after begging to her parents was so moving, followed by that gorgeously emotional and heartbreaking pdd, my god, it was sensational. ...I also loveedddd the way she used her bourees to express emotions, in different moments, and how effective it was. I sense that she has a special connection to this role, but I heard that her Giselle was also really good.....I liked her before but have never been a fan. Now I cant wait to see her in SL and Don Q, since I am really really curious about her acting range and how she uses her technical power to fuel her artistry in a leading role. Its too bad that she is not dancing SL with David . I hope Simkin manages to partner her well, otherwise I sense the quality of the performance may suffer a bit. I have been a very strong critic of the current principals, after seeing Isabella last night, I think she deserves the chance to be considered apart from the rest in terms of star power and potential. I have also being quite impressed with Seo's progress, at least the show that I have recently attended by these two have been very high quality ones.....Hoping that Trenary, Brandt and Bell join the principal team sooner than later, so we can maybe recover some of the golden memories of past times.