David H. Koch Theater
New York, NY
November 23, 2014, matinee
by Leigh Witchel
© 2014 by Leigh Witchel
Kitri and Basilio, Osipova and Vasiliev. The itinerant Russian stars were the money couple for the Mikhailovsky engagement at Lincoln Center; those roles made them #Vasipova, #Osiliev or your choice of hashtag. The performance was illuminating and sometimes poignant: the calculus of two careers.
The changes in the duo on the road from brash newcomers to seasoned pros were in small details and timing – keeping the dancing fresh more than reinterpreting. Technique was beside the point; neither of them need to concentrate on that during performance.
The Mikhailovsky Ballet in "Don Quixote." Photo © by Costas Cacaroukas