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Paloma Herrera as Kitri in Don Quixote.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Don Quixote – Washington

The Sunday matinee performance I attended had all the prerequisites for huge success, featuring world-class principals Paloma Herrera and Ivan Vasiliev, plus a superb supporting cast.

Amy Watson, as a La BayadereShade, and Nikolaj Hubbe.© Jacklyn Meduga. (Click image for larger version)

Works & Process at the Guggenheim – Royal Danish Ballet’s new La Bayadere – New York

Hubbe – handsome and captivating as ever in tight black jeans and an Errol Flynn mustache – assured the Works and Process audience that the famously elegiac Shades scene has not been tampered with…

Karl Paquette (Djémil) in La Source.© Anne Deniau. (Click image for larger version)

Paris Opera Ballet – La Source – HD cinema broadcast

…Bart’s a gifted and discerning artist, with a deep understanding of the Opera’s heritage and style. Rather than trying to “recreate” the long-forgotten original choreography by Arthur St. Leon, Bart’s made a new work that feels old, as if it had long been a warhorse of the Opera’s repertory, subject to over a century of vagaries in taste and technique, yet emerging today all the richer for the experience, and eloquent of its history.

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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