I caught Act II of Thursday's performance of R&J, with Dvorovenko and Beloserkorvsky. What with distractions before and after, I could only make it to the one act and the reason I chose this act was to witness the sword fight scene again, not because I remember it being the best I had seen but to reaffirm that it was one of the least ferocious I've witnessed.
I wasn't disappointed in that the sword play seemed more choreographed dance than intense spontaneity. My companion, a dancer, concurred and ranked it well below Zidane's head-butt in drama. The audience was not lighting up in excitement.
Although ABT is known for allowing their principal dancers to customize individual performances, Beloserkorvsky as Romeo isn't to blame. Neither are Lopez as Mercutio and Saveliev as Tybalt. I have to think it might have to do with the combination of the MacMillan choreography and the staging by Julie Lincoln. It may also be the expanse of the Metropolitan Opera House, a large venue that sometimes sucks up the energy of especially younger performers who can't project far enough throught the entire house.
However, Part's Lady Capulet was anything but subtle -- it seems like she was making up for the lack of drama in the deaths of Tybalt and Mercutio by flinging herself every which way a la Graham which got more than a few giggles from the audience.
Was there anything I liked from the performances in Act II? Yes, Kirk Peterson's subtle expressions as Friar Laurence in the marriage scene.