are discussing what Albrecht should do about the approach of the hunting party. Hilarion very clearly connects the pieces for the audience before
he decided to pick the lock of Abrecht's cottage. After all, all's fair in love and war.
The pas de cinq was beautifully delivered, Sherri Le Blanc dancing with particular musicality. Nedviguine shot skyward at the beginning of his variation like Old Faithful erupting and Gonzalo Garcia rendered some incredibly complicated passe tours in his variation, verily the wunder twins. Zahorian and Starbuck
are nicely matched in size, Zahorian perhaps more finished in her phrasing and pointe work, but Starbuck connects with the audience and is lyric in style. A little coaching would quickly tidy up small slurs in phrasing.
Paciotti has always been an excellent actress and her Berthe has grown. She makes it very clear that Berthe is a definite village
figure and a widow of some consequence, but still influenced by folklore.
The Wilis were consistent in their ensemble renditions. Leslie Young as one of the two Wilis quite captured the Romantic posture and style, adding a slight crispness. It's pretty amazing to think they also dance Robbins' Glass Pieces or Morris' Sandpaper Ballet.
In Act II, Muriel Maffre gives us a chilling Myrthe, her mime leaving us without any doubts as to her intentions, her head flowing from level to proud in several movements. She was sufficiently unearthly that when the dawning bell sounds she drops the death chase with Albrecht as if she never encountered the grieving nobleman.
Possokhov opened one of his Act II solo sections with an unusual back bend, was most effective. He and Feijoo were well attuned to Act II's demand. Possokhov landed somewhat heavily from some of his beats, perhaps due to his recurrent knee problem. His
Russian schooling in the role was full and melodramatic and
met the pitch of Feijoo's Cuban training and embraced it most wonderfully.
No one, alas, has attempted the Youskevitch phenomenon of catching the lilies as Giselle tossed them.
For all those niggling little comments,it was a memorable performance, which adds to my memory bank of unusual experiences.