A review of the Chicago Dancing Festival
by Zachary Whittenburg in Time Out Chicago's blog.
One thing about the Chicago Dancing Festival has always been a little bit awkward: Since its inception, at least one of its programs has included a work by its cofounder, choreographer Lar Lubovitch. Now, I’m on the record as positive about most of his dances, but one must admit that it takes a pair to put yourself in the company of artists named Balanchine, Coralli, Forsythe, Graham, Kylián, Limón, Morris, Perrot, Robbins and Taylor. These bills have been called “Modern Masters” or, this year, simply “Masters.”
Lubovitch’s 2010 The Legend of Ten, to Brahms, closed his festival’s first presentation at the Auditorium Theatre on August 25. It’s deeply gorgeous and held its own among Graham’s Embattled Garden (1958, with décor by Isamu Noguchi) and Kylián’s 1991 Petite Mort, set to Mozart. Legend stood head and shoulders above the Act II pas de deux from Giselle (1841), albeit mostly because its interpretation, by Victoria Jaiani and Temur Suluashvili of the Joffrey, was timid and lacked any demonstrated sense of its history.