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October 14, 2017

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Thoughtful review, as always. Thank you. I was also at this performance and agree with your observation that the Prologue was probably the strongest Act. This is usually my least favorite part of the ballet: all those familiar, and often tedious and/or over the top, fairy variations and you have to wait until after the intermission to see Aurora! Not on Thursday. Each fairy variation was engaging and lovely. Such a nice surprise.

I also loved the costumes and set design. I went to see the principals and ended up liking the surrounding package just as much if not more. Still can't get over what a deal community rush tickets are at Pennsylvania Ballet. $17 and I was center orchestra. I pay twice that for parking in DC or certainly NY to see the ballet, never mind the ticket price.

Hi, Jennifer. $17 is quite the deal.

Looking forward to seeing what Angel makes of Swan Lake next March. I think that our Lilac Fairy, Dayesi Torriente, would make an incredible Odette/Odile.

Hello Haglund, so glad to hear that you enjoyed the show. I had the good fortune of seeing three performances, with different casts. Of note, I saw the final Sunday matinee on Sunday 10/22, and Lillian DiPiazza was simply exquisite as Aurora. Ian Hussey was a solid Prince, and Alexandra Hughes danced Lilac Fairy with authority. I also caught Sterling at one of the other performances, and he was fantastic as the Prince. Two other standouts were So Jung Shin as Florine and Zecheng Liang, whose Bluebird brisé volé were first rate - they got extended ovations.

I was able to go to a preshow talk with Angel Corella, and he mentioned that he inserted one step into the Garland Dance in Act 1. He was inspired by walking through an arched walkway in an arboretum this summer and he wanted to recreate that onstage. So at the end of the garland dance, he has the corps coming crouched toward the audience, and each front couple holds up their garland and moves backward on the sides, while the couples in the middle keep coming forward under the arches. It's quite a nice effect.

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