Haglund needs to put out a health warning for
balletomanes who might have weak tickers: Subjecting oneself to the emotional
1-2 punch delivered by Veronika Part's Odette/Odile on Monday night and Diana
Vishneva's on Tuesday night may lead to a state of euphoric incapacitation that
may reveal all or some of the following symptoms: racing heart beat, watery
eyes, shortness of breath, disorientation, weak knees, emotional exhaustion.
Take in these two ladies in Swan Lake on consecutive nights at your own risk. And
then, do it again.
What a fantastic Tuesday night where everyone shined their
brightest - the big stars, the new stars, and the little twinklers who are just
But first, let's talk about Blaine Hoven in the Pas de
Trois with the incredible Stella Abrera and Maria Riccetto. Every jump, every
turn, every pose by Blaine was a picture made for the New York Times. Grand
jete entournants that split to perfection right on the music. Click. Pirouettes
perfectly formed that finished with a pow. Click. Beats that crossed. Click.
Arabesques - huge. Click. Click. Click. What a night he had!
And Stella - she's making us into crazy people with her
miraculous comeback. What a stunning display of all things beautiful. Maria -
such joy, neatness, and deserved confidence. This PdT was one heck of a way to
start the evening and Haglund must say that he has watched this trio develop the
SL PdT for some time now and thinks they are fast approaching the all-time
greatest performance ever by Cornejo, Cornejo & Reyes. Go, Blaine, go!
Sascha Radetsky - one blazing, sexy, menacing,
sexy, you're-scary-but-I-want-you-anyway von Rothbart. Excellent
characterization details. Excellent dancing. Great elevation. Click. Click.
Isaac Stappas - the ugly von Rothbart gone insane.
Terrific performance. Frightening.
Diana Vishneva - Haglund has always loved Diana's Odette
and this time he noticed that moment in the Act IV PdD when she realized her
fate, and her face became numb, blank, expressionless - like death. But then
she snapped out of it and fought and fought and fought von Rothbart to save
Siegfried and herself. And then, oh no, oh yes, she went over the
cliff with a little temps de fleche to the back and Siegfried dove after her in
a weeping, lay-out of resignation. So perfect.
Diana's Odile wore one evil, smirking smile
and inserted turns a la seconde into her fouettes as if to dare Siegfried into
his own a la seconde spinning frenzy. Diana always plays the Black Swan PdD
recklessly - because, well, Odile is a reckless bitch of a swan - a
switch, if you will - and so she should look wildly out of control -
but while doing everything perfectly, of course.
David Hallberg was a devoted, somewhat naive but
passionate Siegfried who seemed caught up in a situation beyond his control. So
all he could do was dance miraculously with sky-high leaps that traveled
endlessly, pirouettes so musical that it hurt to see them end, delicate
partnering, pondering so serious and troubled that you just knew that fate would
not deal this prince a break. Another fully thought-out, tremendous performance
from Hallberg. He's not just a pretty face of a handsome prince - but he's a
brainy, handsome prince.
The ladies and gentlemen of the corps surpassed their
fantastic performance of the night before. The Aristocrats with Sean Stewart,
Jeff Golladay, and Gemma Bond stood out for their vibrance -- these are
three dancers who you know will never choose to dance anything
ungrammatically. Haglund thinks he's really talking about
integrity in their dancing.
All of the peasants including Joes Gorak & Phillips
and Isadora Loyola were just wonderful. The swan corps, again,
Tuesday's Swan Lake was full of ravishing performances,
but the Haglund's Heel Pump Bump Award(Leather Belted Bliss)must be bestowed upon Blaine Hoven for his handsome,