Billed as a Moulin Rouge-inspired fine arts cabaret, the bimonthly show at Salvage is one of several recent endeavors of the 14-year-old Blankenship Ballet Company and its 52-year-old founder and his wife, Bertha, a Cuban-born dancer who serves as the company's artistic director. Eschewing the more conventional model of producing full-length ballets in proscenium theaters, the Blankenships have instead pursued a uniquely hybrid mission of staging informal Cuban ballet exhibitions and cabaret-style shows in historic buildings that have often demanded significant repair.
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For Woetzel, pairing something that was born just more than two weeks ago with a piece such as “Sonatine,” which premiered in 1975, is a study in dance history.
“It is always fascinating to see how new ballets mix into the repertoire,” Woetzel said. “At New York City Ballet, that really means contrast with the masterpieces of Balanchine and Robbins. What the audience experiences is a real sense of the arc of ballet, what has happened and what is happening now, and that in itself is a very engaging part of being at the performance. For a young choreographer, of course, it is aspirational, to have one's work on a program next to Balanchine's ‘Sonatine' or Robbins' ‘In The Night' as Justin will on Sunday is a gauntlet of sorts — a wonderful and inspiring challenge.”
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