Maggie writes in response to watching American Ballet Theatre’s matinee at Sadler’s Wells on Saturday 5th February:

My teenage daughter and I were lucky enough to catch American Ballet Theatre’s Programme Two at Sadlers Wells yesterday. For me, the two high points were Jardin aux Lilas, which lived up to all my expectations of Tudor, and an elegant and musical performance by Yuriko Kajiya in Balanchine’s Theme and Variations. My least favourite was Ratmansky’s Nutcracker Pas de Deux, which was danced with great virtuosity and panache by Veronika Part and Marcelo Gomes, but I thought lost out because it really belongs in a complete production, and so lacked dramatic context. (The audience went wild over it, and so I’m sure that mine is a minority opinion!). My daughter’s favourite was Taylor’s Company B, set to songs sung by The Andrews Sisters. The company was completely at home in this beautifully constructed humorous romp that gave lots of the dancers a chance to have a moment in the limelight. I particularly enjoyed watching Luciana Paris in Rum and Coca-Cola, and Carlos Lopez in Oh Johnny. If I could see just one thing again, I’d choose Xiomara Reyes’ intensely wistful performance as Caroline in Jardin aux Lilas.

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