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Posted 21 October 2010 - 09:09 AM
I'm really quite enjoying it. Having the full Elite Syncopations is quite nice. Judas Tree is a bit surprising and a bit unsettling and Concerto is very beautiful espeically with dancers like McRae, Choe, and Nunez dancing it.
Posted 21 October 2010 - 06:16 PM
Posted 22 October 2010 - 07:00 AM
Posted 23 October 2010 - 02:29 PM
Contrary to Natalia, I think Acosta is a dramatic black hole in "The Judas Tree". All of his beautiful technique and flawless jumps do not illuminate the character or the story. I had no idea what the Foreman felt about the Woman or anyone else onstage. So the focus was shifted to Leanne Benjamin as the Woman and Edward Watson as the Friend. What extraordinary performances from these two dancers! Benjamin is sexy, sinewy, fierce, and disturbingly vulnerable. Watson plays the Friend (or Jesus figure) as an unwillingly tender lover. His rippling torso and hips express his character's hesitation and eventual surrender. I'd read reviews of "The Judas Tree" that were overwhelmingly negative, labeling it a misogynist work. I couldn't disagree more. It's a flawed piece: the ending is extremely abrupt and there are some lamentable Jets vs. Sharks moments for the men. But on the whole, it's startlingly modern and very unsettling. Shouldn't art unsettle us?
"Elite Syncopations" fell flat for me. For ballet comedy, see "The Concert".
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