It’s going to be a dance day.
(Left: Ekaterine Kondaurova of The Kirov, photo by Andrea Mohin/NYT; Right: Teresa Reichlen of the NYCB, photo by Paul Kolnik/NYT)
I thought it would be fun to show these images side by side. On the left is Ekaterina Kondaurova performing “Rubies” from Balanchine’s “Jewels” with the Kirov Ballet, that has just finished up its two-week engagement at city center.
To the right is Teresa Reichlen, who danced the same part with the NYC Ballet in January.
I didn’t see Kondaurova, but from the picture, I get a sense that her style is more classically flashy, while Reichlen is more flat, front-facing and elastic; in a word: more modern.
It’s hard to get Reichlen’s hips out of my head. She was seriously hard core, as we said in our review.