Ratmansky’s Namouna, a Grand Divertissement, at NYCBhttp://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/ballet/ratmanskys-diverting-ballet-at-nycb/839/
Fairchild commands with great ease, agility, and an almost jazzy scatting of steps. Yet it is Sara Mearns who steals the show in a few scenes, as she has been doing lately, to audiences’ delight. She dances on the limit, eating up space as her long legs sweep in ronds like a decathlete doing a hammer throw. Stabbing the floor diagonally in order to push the opposite way as hard as possible resulted in only one slip, an accepted necessity of her go-for-broke performances. In one section, eight men partner her, and it isn’t nearly enough. She’s not the smallest dancer, but even at an average size, her stage presence feels infinite, more part of the galaxy than this planet.