"Venti Petrov’s new self-produced dance feels like an artifact: an epic, Soviet-era story ballet. Set to a score cobbled together from various Massenet recordings, the two-act ballet is loosely based on the exploits of the eleventh-century Castilian military leader known as El Cid. It has everything you would expect, including Bolshoi-style leaps and turns, strenuous pas de deux and big overhead lifts, and even a spirited battle scene. Petrov, who directs a small ballet company on Long Island and teaches at the Dokoudovsky New York Conservatory of Dance, has given himself the title role, supported by an excellent international cast that features Gabriela Gonzalez as his beloved Jimena."
- The New Yorker, April 25, 2011