Saturday, February 11
Posted 11 February 2012 - 05:22 PM
Posted 11 February 2012 - 05:26 PM
Costumes are so minimal in Strings 32 that the dancers appear almost naked, accentuating the human form but allowing you to focus fully on the sense of movement. Special guest artist, violinist Madeleine Antoine, appears on stage at various intervals through the performance and soothes you with her sweet music.
Posted 11 February 2012 - 05:28 PM
Principal dancer Vanessa Lawson, who has not yet performed this season because of a knee injury, has recovered and will star as the opening-night Giselle. The company is bringing in a guest artist to partner her as Prince Albrecht: Texas-born Jared Matthews, a soloist with New York's American Ballet Theatre.
Posted 12 February 2012 - 12:29 PM
The three dances in Boston Ballet’s “Simply Sublime’’ may leapfrog decades (1909 to 1972 to 2001) but they are contemporaries under the skin. They are bound by the tenets of classicism - “truth and beauty and proportion,’’ as choreographer Mark Morris once defined the term to me - torqued by the abstraction of modernism. That artistic director Mikko Nissinen brought them together on one bill was a stroke of curatorial genius.
Posted 12 February 2012 - 12:30 PM
The evening opened with Ballet Master Alex Ossadnik’s Circus. The title suggests exactly what the ballet delivered—showgirls swaying with extravagant feather fans, a shadowy magician and a love-struck pierrot fawning over a ballerina. The piece made excellent use of Dimitri Shostakovitch’s music, and Megan Ann Richardson’s glittering costumes were dazzling. The performance had a number of humorous elements, at which Artistic Director Peter Anastos hinted before the curtain was raised.
“Alex isn’t by nature a comedian,” Anastos said. “But he’s a very funny guy.”
Posted 12 February 2012 - 05:01 PM
Posted 12 February 2012 - 05:03 PM
The production features lavish sets designed by Ron Barrett with scenic painting and construction by William Lloyed. Costumes were designed by Winthrop Corey with millinery creation by Joy Klotz.
Posted 12 February 2012 - 05:12 PM
The Sacramento staging, with a deep bow to Carinne Binda, the company's other co-artistic director, feels like new love, even as it retains the magic, romance – and humor (in big doses) – of a ballet with a rich past.
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