Posted 24 July 2002 - 09:01 PM
Just got back.
It was a lovely performance, and not bad socially either - it seemed Le tout New York was there, and it gave a glittering energy to the affair. It's awfully nice to know that Merce can fill a theater.
Pictures, from 1984, was my favorite work of the evening. Contemplative and slow, but my attention never wandered.
The makeup of the company is ever more "balletic" - the dancers seem to have that background almost uniformly it seems now, the major exception being the most senior company member, Robert Swinston. In some ways it's gorgeous - there's a slow arm movement that every dancer does in Pictures that looks like a demi-bras position with the most gentle breath - it's lovely and almost like romantic ballet, but then Swinston enters and does the same movement - but it's a contraction when he does it. Both are interesting to me, I just don't know which is right. One, the other, both, or it depends?