New Barak ballet?
Posted 06 June 2002 - 12:05 PM
Posted 06 June 2002 - 01:14 PM
There were four men and four women and a lead couple--I was very taken with Millepied, less so with van Kipnis.
I am continually surprised by how accomplished a choreographer Ms. Barak is in how she uses space--the entire stage and that between the dancers. Her dances are well-structured and not static....I found myself interested by the movement, moved by the pathos (this is Shostakovich, after all), and very, very happy that any touch of maudlin was avoided. There was the requisite inclusion of character/folk dance steps --demanded by the music--which almost took on a too-strong note (I was hoping they wouldn't bring on the ribbons), but things moved on and the blend wasn't jarring or inappropriate.
Men were in very flattering black--sleeveless, not tank, which was echoed in van Kipnis' leotard/skirt. The women were in white, as was Millepied.
Those are just impressions---I think it a very successful work and am so happy that Martins is giving her a chance to make dances on the company. Now I'll go read the review!;)
Posted 07 June 2002 - 03:44 PM
I thought the review was fair, although I thought it was clear when van Kipnis decided to break from her group and take a chance to be with Millepied. In fact I thought there was an interesting modern twist in general, with the women taking more of the initiative.
Posted 10 June 2002 - 09:15 AM
There were some really interesting combinations to the choreography-- the elements were there. Didn't quite up to as coherent a whole as the Telemann piece.
I thought all the dancers did a fabulous job. It was nice to van Kipnis in role like this. I loved Barak's choice for corps dancers (Bouder, Edge, Keenan, Riggins + Carmena, Hendrickson, Ramasar, Veyette).
In all, it was interesting to see a young choreographer's early attempt at a more dramatic piece, but I hope Barak's next piece returns to the coherence of her Telemann piece.
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