"Bournonville Divertissements", "La Sylphide"
New York City Ballet
David H. Koch Theater
New York, NY
May 23, 2015, matinee
by Mary Cargill
copyright © 2015 by Mary Cargill
New York City Ballet hosted another "La Sylphide" debut as Lauren Lovette and Anthony Huxley danced the unfortunate couple on Saturday afternoon. Lovette is a dark-eyed beauty with an expressive face and a light, easy, airy jump and she used both to great effect. Her opening bourrées, as she skimmed over the stage, were particularly effective. Her sylph was beautiful and capricious and she was able, with the tilt of her head, to show the poor sylph's contrasting moods. She made the final first scene particularly poignant as she looked around in vain for James as he was hiding with the scarf to trap her. She walked slowly and sadly, then looked around the forest and picked up her head as if to say "Even if I have lost him, this is all mine and I will live here forever with all my sylphs." Then she saw the scarf and lost everything. With experience Lovette may be able to give the sylph more of the moonstone glow and tinge of danger that Hyltin conveyed but it was a remarkable debut.
Lauren Lovette and Anthony Huxley in "La Sylphide". Photo © Paul Kolnik.