"Ballet Imperial" could have been a hard act to follow. But Jirí Kylián's "Sinfonietta" came across as an absolutely radiant rush of dancing.
Intensely fluid and outrageously fast, the choreography keeps bodies flying through the air and sliding over the ground nonstop for the duration of Leoš Janácek's fanfarelike, brass-rich score. Bravo to all the dancers as well as the orchestra and conductor Ermanno Florio.
Karina Gonzalez is magnetic in Balanchine's work, every turn of the head and flourish of the hand an extension of the music. She's luminescent as the soloist in pink, every tiny gesture a shard of pure beauty.
Jiří Kylián's Sinfonietta is also a study in form, but of a more geometric variety. There is an abundance of symmetry on display, from the even number of dancers onstage at any given moment to the mirror images created by outstretched arms and legs shooting in opposite directions. The beauty of Kylián's piece is the simplicity of its design....