Reviews of Ballet Black.
After The Metamorphosis, his award-winning adaptation of Kafka, Pita’s star is rising. This time, he draws on the themes of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, without sticking to its plot. Three couples dance a classical setpiece to Handel, moving with courtly authority. Just as they’re reaching a solemn finale, Puck pops up and throws the switch, pitching the dancers into a starlit dreamworld of kitsch pop and unexpected pairings.
Not that the tutus stay grand, or even very clean, for long. Pita's Dream Within a Midsummer Night's Dream opens with the formal pomp and circumstance of a classical pas de six, danced to the dignified measures of Handel's Sarabande. But true to its Shakespearean origins, the work's leading couples are rapidly transported to a world of delirium by the mischievous magic of Puck. And true to Pita's own imaginative style, that world proves to be a rollercoaster of weirdness and surprise.