NYCB MOVES Detroit Opera House 10/28/2012 2:30 pmSunday OCTOBER 28 2:30
Posted 30 October 2012 - 12:07 PM
ArtisticAdministrator Jean-Pierre Frohlich
Ballet Masters Rosemary Dunleavy, Kathleen Tracey, Lisa Jackson
Dancers: Principals: Megan Fairchild, Robert Fairchild, Sterling
Hyltin, Maria Kowroski, Tiler Peck, Andrew Veyette, Daniel
Ulbricht Soloists: Chase Finlay, Anthony Huxley, Ask la Cour
Artists: Ashly Isaacs, Lauren King, Lauren Lovette, Brittany
Pollack, David Prottas, Taylor Stanley
Musicians: violin: Lydia Hong, piano: Cameron Grant, Alan
Moverman, Susan Walters
Detroit Opera House, October 28, 2:30pm
Duo Concertant Balanchine/Stravinsky
Herman Schmerman [pdd] Forsythe/Willems
Zakouski Martins/Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Tschaikovsky
Hallelujah Junction Martins/Adams
What a treat it was to arrive in Detroit's Opera House on a crisp,
sunny afternoon to enjoy the New York City Ballet!
In effect, it was a touring unit of the company, titled NYCB MOVES, consisting of 16 dancers, four musicians, and of course the dozens of technical staff that requires the best American dance company to be able to travel out of the Big Apple and bring us joy, as the Detroit program states, "for their linear purity,
sharpness of attack and overall speed and musicality".
MOVES came to us with a whole slew of spectacular dancers
and tasty bits for the evening, samples of their peerless repertory.
Polyphonia begins the evening with Wheeldon's abstract and formal work set in ten piano pieces of Ligeti. Four couples set the work; Kowroski and la Cour (leads), Peck and Veyette (second leads) as well as Hyltin and Stanley and Lovette and Prottas make a microcosm of solemnity and beauty. What a gorgeous ensemble they make, together or parting, alert and tender to the micropolyphony of Ligeti's mysterious music. I particularly liked
la Cour's attentiveness to Korowski. They made a handsome couple. Tiler Peck's precision in the double work was awesome.
Kudos to Veyette and Stanley and Prottas and la Cour.
Bravas to all!
Pianos: Cameron Grant and Alan Moverman
Duo Concertant was made for the Stravinsky festival in 1972.
Balanchine conceived as an intimate assembly for the stage:
Suppose you have the musicians on stage the pianist (Cameron Grant) sitting at the key board, the violinist (Lydia Hong) beside him and a couple of dancers ( Megan Fairchild and Chase Finlay) standing by the piano listening to them. The musicians play the
music (I. Cantilene, II. Eclogue I, III. Eclogue II, IV. Gigue,
Eventually the dancers move and begin to dance: first the arms, then the legs then the torsos. They eventually listen also. They look at each other's solos. And they eventually attempt lifts.
But nothing resolves. There is a mystery about them. And there is darkness. As Finlay recedes into the darkness, Fairchild becomes
the unreachable muse, as her face and hand become luminous
and insubstantial. He kisses her hand. He becomes the seeker of
the unpossessed beauty.
I remember going to NYC in June when the end of the season
would bring Duo Concertant and inevitably the cast would always be Yvonne Boree. She was good.
Fairchild and Finlay are better.
Herman Schmerman (pas de deux) was created by William Forsythe for the NYCB in 1992. Presumably for the deconstruction of the classical canon.
But no, (said Forsythe in an interview at the Bolshoi Theatre):
the title he found in Steve Martin's 'Men Don't Wear Plaid'. The title didn't mean anything, but he liked it.
And the dance does not mean anything. But it's fun, no?
Well, yes. Korowski is great in it and so is Fairchild. But the decibels of Thom Willems have they…… meaning?
Eventually Kowroski enters with the Versace yellow skirt.
Then eventually, Fairchild, from the other side of the stage, enters
with another Versace yellow skirt. The audience found the joke delightful.
Anyway. I first saw it with Whelan and Evans in the sacred place
Zakouski has my admiration for the virtuosity and musical aplomb of Tiler Peck and Andrew Veyette. Kudos to both!
I have not seen this work of Peter Martins so I can't visualize
the sum of piano and violin works of four Russian composers
as tasty bits! Is he kidding?
Sturgeon with caviar and potatoes?
Tenderloin with foie gras? Milk of Magnesia please.
The costumes of Barbara Matera are luscious, red and purple
and gray. The cavalier Veyette was noble, vaguely ethnic, and …..cavalier. The lady was blue-blood, stylish, and vaguely Slavic.
A countess no less.
Choreographically indigestible, but bring the dancers back for an encore. Their energy is joyful.
Violin: Lydia Hong Piano: Susan Walters
Hallelujah Junction is a dual piano piece by John Adams choreographed by Peter Martins and played by duo-pianists
Cameron Grant and Susan Walters.
Principals are Sterling Hyltin. Robert Fairchild and Daniel Ulbricht in black (black keys). Artists are Ashly Isaacs and Anthony Huxley, Lauren King and Taylor Stanley, Lauren Lovette and Chase Finlay, Brittany Pollack and David Prottas.
The architecture traces high speed aerial sculptural effects and…..
"a constant shift of pulse and meter, but the main rhythms are
based on the rhythms of the word hal-le-LU-jah".
A thrilling finale for a piece that propels the dancers to show
passion within their work. Sterling Hyltin is outstanding.
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