Todd Culbertson Column: Sara Mearns is Glowing

Mearns and Murphy dance as well with arms and hands, with backs, necks and facial expressions. They project intelligence. To see them in repose or poised on pointe with one leg held high, backs arched, and with arms swept back is to glimpse possibility and its consummation.

Swan Lake is noted for the 32 fouettes during which Odile whips through turns while balanced on one leg, but with Mearns and Murphy the moment resembles a creation by Shakespeare or Leonardo. Superlatives can go too far yet not far enough. Reading about the dance cannot equal the joy or satisfying challenge of seeing it. Critics are doomed.”

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