Reviews of the Washington Ballet's "British Invasion" program.
Each piece had a few standout moments. Jared Nelson, one of the company’s prime technicians, preened outrageously in “Rooster,” with a three-day growth of stubble, while at another point Morgann Rose was tossed overhead in a breathtaking spiral, like an Archimedes’ screw, as the rising tension of “Ruby Tuesday” trilled from the Stones’ throats like an orchestral crescendo. In “A Day in the Life,” the revelation was seeing Brooklyn Mack, the company’s jumper, padding around softly and lending a velvety rebound to the stuttering steps of “Mother Nature’s Son.”
Sandwiched between the so-called battle of the bands in the second act is “There Where She Loved,” originally performed by the company in 2005. Choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, with music by Frederic Chopin and Kurt Weill, the piece mixes classical ballet with modern movements. Through its seven songs — which aren’t narratively linked but work together in theme — the ballet tells the story of romantic relationships in different stages of ebb and flow. Soprano CarrieAnne Winter and mezzo soprano Shelley Waite flank the stage, trading songs of romance, unrequited love, bitterness, loss and farewells, accompanied by Glenn Sales on piano........ Audience members who expected a rocking, rollicking good time throughout the evening may have found the second act lost momentum. Perhaps love is not all you need, as this piece may have had more room to shine in the context of a different show.