I have remained largely indifferent to Barton’s work in recent years, but my attitude has changed drastically with this landmark dance. It is a gem for Houston Ballet and a deeply experimental piece that furthers the contemporary ballet repertory. Other companies will want to perform it. With 27 dancers, it not only makes an enormous impact, but also exploits the many attributes of the ensemble.
The Houston Chronicle
Planet Barton is a cheeky place with a language of its own. The intricate movement glimmers with simple, highly punctuated gestures. (Sometimes they appear to riff on the magical moments of George Balanchine's "Serenade.") You have to smile at the sight of so many feet glued to the floor, with the bodies above tilting this way or that.