I have long said and will ALWAYS say that the Russians just don't "live" the choreography. They don't sell me on the libretto or the Nijinsky myth. The seem competent. But you have to bring more than that to the Le Sacre stage.
Following on their heels is a similar clip of the Joffrey's 1987 debut of Le Sacre du Printemps, recovered by Hodson, Archer and Joffrey in a nick of time too. A first time out and watch the ensemble just dig right the bleep into each step, each gesture.
I forget I am watching a ballet. The Joffrey then and now - I have seen them twice and they possess the blessing of Nijinsky's ghost , I know it - but as I said: then and now and always, Le Sacre will belong to the Joffrey Ballet.
Your bored compatriot,