Season opener -- note start time is 8:00 p.m.
Posted 03 October 2002 - 02:20 PM
I hope some posters will go and report on the season opener. It's Balanchine's "Serenade" and Septime Webre's "Carmina Burana."
Posted 06 October 2002 - 12:25 PM
My review in the Post and Jean Battey Lewis's in the Times are on Saturday's Links thread.
What did you think?
Posted 07 October 2002 - 07:03 AM
Carmina Burana confused me a bit, I think maybe I needed more program notes. I guess what threw me was it began, and ended, with a primitive, sort of pagan sensibility, but the middle was something entirely else. I'm not sure I can describe this, but the beginning and end seemed tribal, like a ritual was going on -- like a human sacrifice or something (I'm grasping here). But I wasn't sure how that related to the middle sections, which were very colorful and almost circus-y with giant Mother Ginger-like figures. I thought the choreography was quite splashy -- lots of pairs-skating-type twirls and lifts -- and the men were particularly awesome. Great Fred Astaire moves with the chairs! The company overall looked terrific -- kept up with the challenging choreography and never looked frantic. I loved the spectacle of it all, the three tiers of singers, the moving scaffolds, the moody lighting.
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