The Joffrey Ballet introduced a quartet of new principals in the Saturday matinee performance of "La Fille mal Gardee" at the Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. Two more new principals appeared in the Saturday evening performance.
At the matinee, the doe-eyed Dawn Caccamo offered a demure and refined interpretation of Lise, little stressing the impulsive, mischievous side of the character. But she danced with impeccable technique and phrasing.
The strapping, imposing Ashley Wheater was her attentive Colas. Wheater managed the difficult lifts with ridiculous ease, but on occasion he was technically unsteady, smearing terminations and chopping up his phrases.
Neither of the two contributed much heat to the partnership.
Making his debut in the role of Widow Simone, Carl Corry offered a strong, dignified and somewhat hard-edged interpretation. Corry avoided caricature or camp but also missed a lot of the fun. Fortunately, he let himself go in the clog dance, where he was utterly secure. And if he lacked the ripe, detailed complexity of a Stanley Holden, never mind. There is time.