Sterling Hyltin and Tyler Angle in Namouna, New York City Ballet, October 2013. © Paul Kolnik.
The final pas de deux is playful and tender; the two lovers (Angle and Hyltin) dance side by side and for each other with kid-like glee, as well as in each other’s arms. In an expression of his joy, the hero flings his bride into the air, catches her and lowers her, with a whoosh, into a swan dive. The scene is as triumphantly joyful as the finale of Sleeping Beauty.