Junxiong Zhao and Irlan Silva are extremely compatible male counterparts to Han as Count Albrecht and Hilarion, respectively. The chemistry between Zhao and Han is magical; they are endearing without exaggeration. And in his solo moments, Zhao’s character interpretation with his clean bravura dancing make for a perfect combination. What a shame that we don’t see Silva dance until Act II as the strength in his jumps is as compelling as his acting.
Curious casting was that of Paulina Waski as Myrtha. If it were not for the tiara on her head, distinguishing her as the Queen of them all (the Wilis, that is) would have been a challenge. Regal emanation came gradually as the act progressed, but the lack of establishment of her essence at the beginning made it feel like a little too late. Moyna and Zulme – danced by Chisako Oga and Nina Matiashvili, respectively – were well-suited. Matiashvili was especially commanding of the stage; perhaps a Myrtha in the making?
Although the Boston Ballet’s run of Giselle is over, if this production is any indication of what’s in store for the rest of the season, we are all in for a treat.