He had danced every major role open to him; he had had ballets created for him by Ashton, Kenneth MacMillan, Antony Tudor, and Hans van Manen; he had formed that legendary partnership with Sibley; and he was recognized, in the words of The Oxford Dictionary of Ballet, as "one of the very first danseurs nobles of his generation ...
Malakhov accepted the invitation because, he says, "It is a repertory company, and in Russia, as artists, we are isolated." This spring his Lincoln Center roles range from classic danseurs nobles (Albrecht and Solor) to Balanchine (Symphonie Concertante) and MacMillan (Romeo and Juliet and a pas de deux from Manon).
Jean-Yves Lormeau is one of nature's danseurs nobles, a distinction that at worst can communicate boring self-importance but, as Apollo, became a satisfying blend of ideal geometries and heroic presence.
He is fascinated by the tradition of this nineteenth-century ballet, which has been performed by many of this-century's greatest danseurs nobles. Albrecht is usually seen as a cad, merely playing with Giselle's affections.