Misty Copeland’s Giselle is all about the acting – Orange County Register
Misty Copeland and Roberto Bolle had undeniable chemistry as Giselle and Albrecht. (Photo by Doug Gifford)
The second act, which like the first act was based on set and costume designs for the 1910 Ballets Russes production, was atmospheric and spooky. (Photo by Doug Gifford)
Nicoletta Manni made a memorable second-act opening as Myrtha, Queen of the Willis. (Photo by Doug Gifford)
The corps de ballet provided entrancing and technically accomplished accompniment to the principal dancers, including Copeland and Bolle, right. (Photo by Doug Gifford)
The Peasant Pas de Deux featured Vittoria Valero and Antonino Sutera on Friday. (Photo by Doug Gifford)
Copeland’s Giselle was technically cautious yet sophisticated from an acting standpoint. (Photo by Doug Gifford)
Roberto Bolle and Misty Copeland had excellent chemistry, though his acting style jarred with hers. (Photo by Doug Gifford)
Roberto Bolle and Misty Copeland in the second act of “Giselle,” presented Friday, July 28, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. (Photo by Doug Gifford)
At age 34, Misty Copeland is finally performing many of ballet’s iconic roles. In May, she tackled “Don Quixote’s” Kitri for the first time and made her New York debut in the title role of “Giselle” with American Ballet Theatre, where she has spent her entire career: She has been a principal dancer for two years.
Nobody would deny that’s rather a late start for some of classical ballet’s most demanding parts, but nothing has come easily for this beloved star. Copeland’s early life was fraught with family conflict, and her career has been marked by injuries. Her much anticipated performance in the world premiere of ABT’s “Whipped Cream” at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in March was canceled out of concern for her fragile left leg; a 2014 fracture left her with a plate in her tibia.
So when Copeland does appear in a demanding canonical part, as she did Friday at the Segerstrom Center in Teatro alla…