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Performer: Cassandra Trenary

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Radiant cast almost awakens Ratmansky's Sleeping Beauty

Cassandra Trenary in The Sleeping Beauty © John Grigaitis
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

James Whiteside and Christine Shevchenko in Swan Lake © Gene Schiavone
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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ABT's damp, dreary Jane Eyre disappoints

Devon Teuscher and James Whiteside © Gene Schiavone
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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ABT pays tribute to a ballet maverick

The Brahms-Haydn Variations © Marty Sohl
As the wonderful Tharp trio program proves, all these years later Twyla Tharp can still make ballet look cool.
****1
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Ratmansky triple bill celebrates ten years with ABT

Summer from The Seasons © Marty Sohl
The Seasons is overstuffed, uneven and way too busy. There are so many steps, but they rarely made me "see the music". It was a frustrating ballet, with so many lovely moments that were less than the sum of its parts.
****1
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