Yes, "Jewels" faired a vast improvement to opening night. I too would have liked Ms. Sylve to lighten her persona in Emeralds and Ms. Rutherford does not have the right perfume for this part. Her demeanor is a bit edgy for me. (Personally, I truly enjoyed the Kirov's performance of Emeralds when they were here. It had a lovely quality.)
Is Emeralds supposed to be danced with such seriousness from the ballerinas? I kept thinking of Violette Verdy and not seeing any of her lightness and French essence out there.
I also adored Antonio Carmena with his infectious smile, charming character and grand elevations. Would like to see more of him in the future. The corps still needs work.
Rubies left me a bit cold rather than hot this time. On Wednesday, Ansanelli gave the short girl role all that stretch and flex in her girlish fashion. At Saturday's matinee, I found Yvonne Bourre possessed a better sexual tone to her dancing. However, the physical flexability was lacking and thus her duets with Ben Millepied lost their edge for me. Millipied performed well as usual. I am skipping over the corps.
OK This does not happen often, but I actually shed tears watching Maria Kowroski and Askergard in Diamonds. I was so moved. It was an inspiring performance particularly by Maria. Their PDD was the most impactive piece of adoring love that I have ever witnessed. And she is technically flawless in this role at this performance. I was in heaven.
She was the star at this Saturday matinee.
Thank you NYCB for bringing such a vast and wonderful rep to Southern California. It was such a pleasure to be able to view so many great ballets, old and new. Please return and don't wait too long. I will try to make it to Los Angeles as I would love to catch performances of Agon and also Wheeldon's new "Carnival of the Animals"