Thursday night's opening of the tribute to the retiring resident artist was a delectable combination of Program A ("Nuevo Tango" and "Pas Glazunov") and Program B ("Echoing Past" and "Black Swan Pas de Deus") sandwiched between George Balanchine's "Apollo" and "Who Cares?"
The program was made up of excerpts from Antonov's favorite ballets, with the first half being danced by company members he has coached while he himself dances in the second half.
Saturday, September 10
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The stage is large, but it is also versatile with respect to a variety of dance perspectives. On Friday night, James Sewell Ballet's "Adjunct Fractal," Minnesota Dance Theatre's "Rumblings" and Zenon's "Storm" showcased the expansive possibilities for group pieces. On the other hand, former Merce Cunningham dancer Jonah Bokaer's "Sage Phrase" (created for the center's namesake Sage Cowles) demonstrated that a well-choreographed intimate solo can co-exist with the high proscenium.
There were also moments that would have "wowed" no matter the venue. Tap dancer Savion Glover commanded a platform rigged to amplify every step of his rhythmic genius. New York City Ballet's Wendy Whelan and Clifton Brown of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater interpreted Jessica Lang's "Among the Stars" with poetic grace.....
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