Alina Somova, Rubies from Jewels, Mariinsky Ballet.
Somova brought a lighter side to this jazzy section. She and her partner, Alexander Sergeyev, struck up a rapport filled with fun and flair. They were not afraid to be silly—despite, or maybe because of, the outsized stamina required. Somova had no problem with the pin-up-girl aspect of the role, or of the broken wing motif that echoes the broken line of Stravinsky’s music.