★★✰✰✰ I begin this notice with a codicil. Let this preamble show my unbounded admiration for the spirit and rationale of Project Polunin.
★★★★✰ Who knew the Mariinsky dancers are a group of profoundly entertaining comedians?
…the Ukrainian-born soloist Anastasia Matvienko was a pliant, loose-limbed Cinderella who danced with uninhibited ease and looked perfectly at home in Ratmansky’s goofy interpretation of the character.
Sometimes the second time is the charm. This seems to be especially true when it comes to new ballets by Alexei Ratmansky. Often, they’re not easy to take in on first viewing, indigestible as an over-rich meal. But then, something in us changes, our eye evolves.