Carlos Molina's Prince Florimund was elegant, yearning in all directions, in his disconsolate solo before he encounters Aurora, and he partnered Ponomarenko with an assurance that showed he'd found his life's desire. In the demanding bravura variation of the Grand Pas de Deux, he was whipping through a series of double tours en l'air when he suddenly stopped dancing and left the stage.
This is the kind of heartstopping moment the audience dreads as much as do the dancers to whom it befalls. Molina's injury was later diagnosed as torn plantar fascia in his right foot. Pavel Gurevich stepped in to finish the ballet with Ponomarenko, and Jared Redick took Gurevich's place in the finale.
The only hitch in this production was Mikki Kunttu's eccentric lighting. All the upstage entrances were underexposed, a real drawback for Cornejo, whose Lilac Fairy after all is the heroine of the piece. Kunttu couldn't seem to get the stage uniformly bright, and Carabosse's arrival was heralded by an explosion fit for a rock band.
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