La Bayadere isn't one of the most complex ballets, the choreography is pretty straightforward, but it does feature some lovely opportunities to tell a story through dance. The solos of Nikiya, the temple dancer, and Solor, the soldier who loves her, are terrific, as are the pieces for Gamzetti, Nikiya's rival for Solor. The second act pas de deux between Nikiya and Solor is exquisite, with the amazing corps de ballet in the background. And the famed Kingdom of Shades number for the corps can be thrilling.
However, in the Kingdom the Shades scene, she pulled out all the stops. She was exquisite, in her solos and in her pas de deux with Herman. Her rather detached quality worked when she was dancing as a spirit instead of a flesh-and-blood woman. I started to ruminate on her Giselle... The corps de ballet were terrific in the Kingdom of the Shades opening - there was the tiniest bobble at the very beginning and I thought, oh great, here we go, but after that bobble, it was terrifically in unison and mesmerizing. The three soloists were all lovely, especially Skylar Brandt, who just sparkled.
|Photo credit: Marty Sohl|
I can't believe I'm already more than halfway through my ballet season! I'm looking forward to next week's piece - I'm finally seeing the debut of Ratmansky's new version of Sleeping Beauty. Cannot wait.