Few in the audience realized that his Giselle with Jaffe at the Met last summer was only the third Albrecht he had ever performed, so convincing was his transition from a heedless young aristocrat (with an airy floating jete) to a grief-stricken mourner (with breathtaking brises
When Baryshnikov executed diagonal brises
voles (flying brises
, quatrieme demie position) and twice appeared to be about to fly off the stage, the crowd roared as it does at Madison Square Garden....
Mostly, materials are allowed to speak for themselves: concrete balustrades are plainly heavy and cast in situ; depending on their function, brises
soleil are clearly either of wood or translucent plastic; steel is exposed as standard sections.
The contrast between the curved and angular geometries is further emphasised by theatrically oversailing brises
soleils that run around each floor, like the slats of an oversized venetian blind.