A Saturday matinee which did not draw a large audience. Maybe Peter would have been ahead at the box office by presenting more peformances of his controversial SWAN LAKE which sold very well during the Winter, despite everyone's complaints about it. (I like it, but I am in the minority).
I will take any opportunity to see Kyra Nichols and today she gave a very fine performance as Titania, her dancing clear & lyrical. All the beautiful Nichols trademarks were on display: the hands, the calmly deployed extension, the far-searching eyes, the gentle smile. She danced with greater ease and more confident sweep than the last time I saw her in this role, a couple years ago.
Joaquin de Luz danced Oberon brilliantly, the only slight detraction being some rather heavy landings. Adam Hendrickson is just magnificent as Puck; he has it all wrapped up - the technique, the acting, the face, the body. Perfect. He would be a most interesting Oberon if he were given the opportunity. Miranda Weese & Sebastien Marcovici danced the pas de deux gorgeously; two attractive dancers who worked beautifully together. Miranda's nicely sustained balances, not impeding the flow of the steps but just that little pause on pointe, are always a joy to watch. Ellen Bar was a grand-scale Hippolyta with a big jump and swift fouettes, superbly made-up as this exotic queen. It was good to have the princely Stephen Hanna back as Titanias cavalier. Henry Seth was a stellar Bottom - he is one of the best actors in the Company - and Carrie Lee Riggins a radiant Butterfly with her intriguing eyes & smile.
The 2 sets of lovers were just great: Rachel Rutherford danced her solo beautifully, with a sense of terror at being alone in the forest at night, and Faye Arthurs - the sort of secret treasure of the NYCB corps - was an impessive Helena. Jon Stafford & the rarely-seen Arch Higgins gave really fine portrayals as the mixed-up suitors.
Carrie Lee graciously stepped in for some missing person as a courtier, and there was a lovely collection of dancers in the divertissement including soloists Rebecca Krohn, Abi Stafford, Amar Ramasar and Antonio Carmena. The girls in Titania's retinue were again an eyeful, and Kaitlyn Gilliland for some reason reminds me of Suzanne Farrell.