by Carlos Stafford, The Model Critic Paloma Herrera, partnered by Corey Stearns, beguiled the audience last Saturday night at the Met with the timeless classic, Swan Lake. With the familiar but always revelatory music of Tchaikovsky, the transcendent and evocative fairy tale of love,... Continue Reading →
by Carlos Stafford, The Model Critic ABT is sadly loosing another great star: Irina Dvorovenko. Here is a dancer who is still so artistically superior to most dancers in every category, in her looks, art and intelligence, that it's a big disappointment to see her pack her... Continue Reading →
In his farewell performance with American Ballet Theatre Ethan Stiefel dances an exquisite LE CORSAIRE. ` Reviewed by Carlos Stafford, The Model Critic ` ABT closed out its 2012 Summer Season in spectacular fashion with an unforgettable farewell performance by Ethan... Continue Reading →
Reviewed by Carlos Stafford, The Model Critic Three Steps To Heaven In the Second Act of La Bayadere, in Hindu India, Solar reclines in sorrow, smokes his opium pipe, and dreams of his dead lover, Nikiya. As he falls into a dream vision--The... Continue Reading →
Call it Swan Lake, Swanansee, Le Lac de Cygnes, what you will, staged and re-staged for the last 150 years, since Petipa and Lev Ivanov choreographed, and Tchaikovsky's mesmerizing score; the elements of story, mood, magic, poetry, and dazzling symphonic ideas, never ceases to enlighten, transport, and make this work a holy event.
One can't ask more from a ballet than Coppelia.
Both Julie Kent and Roberto Bolle are well cast in their respective roles--Bolle, as Armand, a classic figure, tall, dark, courtly with noble lines, and Kent, as Marguerite, airy, limpid, and ethereal. When they dance, he gives of himself totally in burning love and adoration. In beautiful, spiraling lifts, effortless carries, and melts to the floor, the dancers become one.
Ethan Stiefel, as Basillio, has always been astonishing. He has a rare facility of sharp power and speed, and combines it all with a confident ease. Add to that stage presence, humor, and incredible bravura dancing, and he becomes a pleasure to watch; he owns the stage.