Karen Azatyan, who has been with the company since the 2014 season took his leave dancing a role he created, Gabriele D’Annunzio in Duse, with guest Alessandra Ferri as Eleonora Duse herself, the role she too created.
They recreate the passionate affair of Duse and the unfaithful dramatist, a seduction with cruel undertones as he tosses a rose on her bed and, adjusting his trousers, leaves without a backward glance. Ferri is perfect: the right dancer, in the right role, at the right time in her distinguished career. Every performance she gives is one to treasure.
Thankfully not yet taking their leave, two company stalwarts, Ivan Urban and Alexandre Riabko delivered Opus 100 – for Maurice. Danced to Simon and Garfunkel greats: ‘Old Friends’ and ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’, it was definitely what the audience wanted. This short work needs two great dancers with history to carry the weight of memories that come with it; and this it got.