Caroline Palmer of the Star Tribune has a review of ABT’s Friday performance of Giselle. The performance marked the gala reopening of the Northrop Auditorium at the University of Minnesota. Paloma Herrera and Jared Matthews were the lead couple with Veronika Part as Myrta and Sascha Radetsky as the spurned Hilarion.
Caroline says that “Herrera’s Friday performance was infused with delicate beauty and her supple feet guided her across the floor expertly while sometimes barely seeming to touch it,” while “Jared Matthews, as the morally torn Count Albrecht, was a bit muted at first but as he danced for his life (literally) among the wilis his performance became emotionally expansive.”
“Sascha Radetsky’s take on the spurned Hilarion, who couldn’t compete with Albrecht for Giselle’s attentions, burned with dynamic angst.”
“Veronika Part, as wili queen Myrta, served up exquisite villainess shade, with subtle hints of humor that contrasted nicely with the sharper aspects of her role.”
On a lighter note, “After the final curtain call members of the University of Minnesota marching band burst in, filling the main aisle with a final festive fanfare for the evening. Here’s guessing it’s the first time an ABT performance was followed by a shimmying Goldy Gopher.”
Hee Seo and Alexandre Hammoudi will perform the lead roles Sunday at 2 p.m.