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Nov 5, 2011

Night of Stars with the Boston Ballet



I recently went to see Boson Ballet's season-opening performance of "The Night of Stars". The show was nothing short of breathtaking. The first number, "Double Evil", had me tearing up. I was thrilled to see one of my favorite ballerinas, Adiarys Almeida, performing in "Carnival in Venice" alongside her boyfriend, Joseph Gatti. They dance together effortlessly. Adiarys was perfect for the role with her flirtatious eyes and sky-high jumps, watching her was a dream.The Tchaikovsky pas de deux, performed by Misa Kuranga and James Whiteside, brought down the house. With James' strength and Misa's limber body every lift, turn and jump looked as though they were floating. I myself have attempted the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux variation, I had a profound respect for Misa as she executed the petite allegro steps with precision and vigor. James with his swooping menage practically flew across the stage. My jaw was open practically the entire time.

Along with those excerpts there was also "The Golden Idol" from "La Bayadere" performed by Jeffrey Cirio, the "Les Sylphides Pas de Deux" performed by Lorna Feijoo and Nelson Madrigal, "The Second Detail" choreographed by William Forsythe, the heartbreakingly beautiful "Antique Epigraphs" choreographed by Jerome Robbins, three pieces all choreographed by Martha Graham and performed by Jennifer DePalo named "Serenata Morisca", "Lamentation" and "Satyric Festival Song." At the end of the performance was "Defile" in which the students of the Boston Ballet School, Boston Ballet II and the entire company come out for a final bow. 
The entire show was inspirational. I was pleasantly surprised by the homey feel when artistic director, Mikko Nissinen, came before the curtain to speak to the audience and briefly introduce the pieces. The Boston Opera House is absolutely majestic with its meticulously decorated walls and paintings on the ceiling. The grandeur took my breath away.
After the performance we stepped outside to find a heavy snow blanketing Boston... It's October...!  Going forty on the highway and hardly being able to see out the window was a clear indicator that we weren't going to be driving home that night. So, we stayed with some family friends for the night. Power outages struck the entire area, making the best out of a bad situation we lit candles throughout the house and talked for hours.
All in all, it was a magical night and I'm hoping to go see Boston Ballet's Romeo and Juliet soon!
Thanks for reading!


(Adiarys Almeida, Carnival in Venice)

Ballerinablogger ~

1 comment:

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