Q. Is ballet a big part of Finnish culture?
A. The modern tradition is more rooted than the ballet tradition. Even Finnish National Ballet, which is [a] huge company, they do lots of contemporary dance.
Q. The program you took is adventurous by our standards.....But now that makes sense.
A. It wasn’t going out on a limb for them. I knew that’s where I would meet them the most. And these pieces showcase the dancers’ versatility, and it’s a program of high artistic integrity.
Saturday, September 29
Posted 30 September 2012 - 11:50 AM
Posted 30 September 2012 - 11:52 AM
The program shifted to new choreography for the second half. Unfolding in five short movements, Michael Fothergill's “Weighted Rhetoric” took full advantage of the dancers' talents through a series of turns, lifts and drags, but the theme of connectedness stated in the program notes needs more space and development.
Roger Van Fleteren, the company's resident choreographer, premiered his “1 and 5,” a brilliantly spatial and physically demanding work in which a female soloist (Owada) is supported by five bare-chested men.
Posted 30 September 2012 - 11:59 AM
The latest good news comes from Miami City Ballet and Palm Beach Opera. The world-class Miami City Ballet recently announced it has received $3 million in donations since August and plans for a strong season starting Nov. 30. A $1 million loan is being forgiven, and painful budget-cutting seems to have subsided. It will welcome vaulted Kennedy Center fundraiser Daniel Hagerty on board as executive director in late October.
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