A review of Boston Ballet by Luke Jennings in The Observer.
Afternoon of a Faun, originally choreographed in 1912 by Vaslav Nijinsky, is rather less credible. To work, the piece must be performed with absolute intensity and precision, and Altan Dugaraa's Faun is too lightweight. There's no tension or mystery here, just a shallow narcissism which at times edges into camp. Jorma Elo's Plan to B (2004) returns us to the 21st century. A high-octane display piece set to music by the 17th-century composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, it invites six dancers, four of them male, to cut loose and show off a variety of high-speed tricks. Although depthless, it serves as a welcome palate-cleanser after the over-sauced Faun, and leads us into Balanchine's Symphony in Three Movements.