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Performer: American Ballet Theatre

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ABT’s Giselle shows that to forgive is divine

A classic staging at the Kennedy Center turned resplendent in the second act.

****1
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Ratmansky's Seasons the highlight of a mixed ABT program

A mixed evening at the Koch Theater, with ABT shining in Ratmansky and a new Twyla Tharp creation, but struggling in Balanchine. 
***11
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Radiant cast almost awakens Ratmansky's Sleeping Beauty

If the audience response was not very enthusiastic, it's because Ratmansky's Sleeping Beauty four years after its premiere still comes across as more of a museum piece than a living, breathing ballet. This is a Beauty that never really wakes up.
****1
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Christine Shevchenko becomes ABT's reigning swan

Kevin McKenzie's production of Swan Lake at ABT usually has little to commend it, but Christine Shevchenko's Odette/Odile is the real deal. 
****1
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Wildly offensive, but wildly entertaining too: ABT's Le Corsaire

Perhaps ABT's disclaimer in the program notes should have simply said: "When you watch Le Corsaire, prepare to be both offended and entertained. We hope you'll be more entertained than offended."
****1
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ABT's damp, dreary Jane Eyre disappoints

If you love Jane Eyre, stick to the novel. There's more female empowerment in those pages than in Cathy Marston's choreography.
**111
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