At Nikolaj Hubbe's farewell performance in February, the Danish-born star pulled out all the stops, dancing with incandescent verve as the Greek god Apollo, and with panache in Zakouski
, a challenging Russian-themed ballet Martins created for Hubbe's New York City Ballet debut in 1992.
Martins's delicatessen of a duet, Zakouski
, was beautifully restaged for Tracey and a newcomer to the role, Millepied.
It started with a parade of students from the John Cranko School and proceeded with an odd mix of solos and pas de deux -- from Cranko's Lady and the Fool (Sonia Santiago and Ivan Cavallari) via Peter Martins's Zakouski
(with Caroline Cavallo and Johan Kobborg from the Royal Danish Ballet) and Renato Zanella's fascinating setting of Mahler's Adagietto (one of the best offerings as danced by Simona Noja and Christian Rovny from the Vienna State Opera), to an oozingly nostalgic Spectre de la Rose (with Carla Fracci, who had been Cranko's first Juliet four years before his legendary Stuttgart production, now with Roberto Bolle from Milan's La Scala as her partner; she appeared later in three solos inspired by Isadora Duncan).