A review of Houston Ballet by Gia Kourlas in The New York Times.
There is Mark Morris, and then there are all the other choreographers who are deprived of possessing even a sliver of his art. At least that’s what it felt like on Tuesday at the Joyce Theater, where Houston Ballet unveiled its opening-night program of four repertory ballets beginning with Mr. Morris’s enchanting and sophisticated “Pacific.”
Review by Mary Cargill for danceviewtimes.
There were cliches aplenty in Ben Stevenson's pas de deux "Twilight", set to piano music by Rachmaninoff. It was danced with smooth abandon by its original cast, Sara Webb and Ian Casady, but they could not disguise its ice-dancing approach to partnering, where grotesquely difficult lifts turned into attempts to sweep the floor with the girl's hair, and passion was signified by heads flung back and mouths opened. The partnering was seamless and as graceful as possible, and the dancers gave it a reticent dignity despite the overwrought choreography; these two deserved so much better.