"Josua Hoffalt" tag

English National Ballet – Romeo & Juliet – London

★★★★✰   Hoffalt brings an elegantly mature intelligence to the part… Laurretta Summerscales will leave a hole in the company when she takes her sabbatical next season…

Ludmila Pagliero and Karl Paquette in Don Quixote.© Julien Benhamou. (Click image for larger version)

Paris Opera Ballet – Don Quixote – Paris

It’s not every day Petipa’s carefree Don Quixote comes with a health and safety warning. …Injuries played havoc with the casting throughout November and December…

Myriam Ould-Braham and Josua Hoffalt in La Fille mal Gardée.© Julien Benhamou. (Click image for larger version)

Paris Opera Ballet – La Fille mal Gardee – Paris

Ould-Braham had just been made étoile and her performance seemed, to me, buoyed by an extra layer of joy and happiness. Hoffalt was completely at ease in both technique and characterization. When they celebrated their wedding onstage, the audience went crazy.

Aurelie Dupont and Josua Hoffalt in Manon. © Anne Deniau. (Click image for larger version)

Paris Opera Ballet – Manon – Paris

As Manon, Dupont started out as sweet and innocent. Overall, her Manon seemed almost empty, like a vessel for people to put eroticism into or to act upon.

Paris Opera Ballet – La Bayadère – Paris

At the end the curtain came up once again, and Brigitte Lefèvre (artistic director of the ballet) and Nicolas Joel (director of the opera as a whole) emerged to announce the promotion of the evening’s Solor, Josua Hoffalt, to the ultimate rank: étoile. There were buckets of tears, from Hoffalt, Gilbert, and Dupont. In fact, it was the high point of the evening. An uncontrolled release of emotion, at last.

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