On June 27, the loveable Ángel Corella took his last bow with American Ballet Theatre, after a final “Swan Lake,” with Paloma Herrera as his partner. The following day, the young soloist Isabella Boylston had her début in the same ballet. I reviewed both performances here.
A short excerpt:
“By the final scene, the man underneath was beginning to supplant the character. Corella’s final embrace of Odette was that of a loving brother and partner: “I’ll miss you so much!” he was telling Herrera, the woman. His parting leap was no spectacular swan dive, but a simple exit, over the cliff and into his new life. He knew it was time to go, and he did with the grace and modesty for which he is loved.”