"This piece would have resounded in a great, ominous drumroll if we’d seen it on September 12, 2001."
As it happens BRB gave their first London performance of Dante Sonata on September 13th 2001. Thinking about it beforehand, I couldn't imagine what might happen - I'd found it very powerfully moving the first time I saw it, a few months earlier, and I had visions of the whole audience in tears. But for me, at least, it didn't work - it didn't have the passion of the earlier performance, and I wonder now if it was just too much for the dancers, so soon after the event.
(And by the way I'm sure Ms Shapiro really knows that Thais isn't an extract from a longer ballet.)
Laura Shapiro's review in New York Magazine
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