Hallberg as von Rothbart! Beyond evil.
Friday night's cast of Herrera, Acosta and Hallberg was outstanding. Here it was the ninth Swan Lake
of the season, and the opera house was once again packed. Sitting in the very front row, and giving a standing ovation, was my favorite NYCB principal!
Back to Hallberg. Such a wonderful surprise to see this character come out of him. As he strutted around the stage staring down everyone and anyone who dared look his way, you saw immediately where his sweet daughter Odile picked up that habit. His face-offs with Acosta were very physical. Oh, it was good stuff, so good. (Danseur, Hallberg looks in tip-top shape.)
Herrera was superb tonight with more emphasis on Odile. Last Saturday matinee, her Odette was stronger. Tonight Odile seduced Siegfried with those incredible feet and powerfully extended legs. She slowly extended some of her developpés as though she were trying to push a cement block with the top of her arched foot. There was such strength in the movement. She was daring in her turns. An all around fantastic performance.
Acosta was even better than on Wednesday evening. (Leftyvaldes, I hope you got to see this one, too.) His confrontations with Hallberg were worth the price of the ticket.