Guest artists were predominantly from the Far East but a notable exception was Dmitry Zagrebin, currently first soloist with the Royal Swedish Ballet. He livened up the evening with a scintillating performance of that gala favourite, Gopak.
It is pure virtuoso fun and needs the man-size jump and exuberance that Zagrebin has in full measure.
Francesca Dugarte and GianCarlo Perez, a Venezuelan/ Cuban couple currently performing with Washington Ballet, danced a starry Le Corsaire with plenty of crowd pleasing leaps and whizzing fouettes.
They returned with a contemporary duet, Dreams of Marble by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, that offered a much more interesting relationship.
Zagrebin also danced the Don Quixote grand pas unfortunately not with Minji Nam, his partner in Stockholm, as she is recovering from an accident. However he found in HyangGee Hong a very competent partner.
A little tentative in the opening, the duet came fully to life in the variations and coda which the audience loved.