Ballet Builders 2003
Posted 23 February 2003 - 01:52 PM
There were seven short ballets in all, and in the first and last of them, despite the name of the organization, the women did not wear pointe shoes. For me, the unseen presence of the evening was Paul Taylor. The first work, to Bach, was obviously modeled on Taylor's "pure dance" pieces. The choreographer was Andreas Bjorneboe. Another of the evening's choreographers, Ted Thomas, is a former Taylor dancer. He and Frances Ortiz choreographed a pas de deux to the song "Good Morning, Heartache," sung by Ella Fitzgerald. I am passionately devoted to Ella, but the definitive recording of "Good Morning, Heartache" is by Billie Holliday. And the song lyrics would seem to dictate a solo. But I suppose it's possible to see the male dancer as the "heartache." It was danced by Alicia Graf and William Isaac. They were terrific -- but so were all the dancers.
The last item, "Coeur de Basque," for seven dancers, drew almost as many audience whoops and hollers as "Push & Pull." I don't mean to slight the other works, "Suite," "Chamber," and "Facet." They were thoroughly enjoyable and professional, and the dancers looked good in them. But I do think the new choreographers need a lot of help with titles.
Posted 26 February 2003 - 08:23 PM
It's hard to believe that not even one other alertnik attended. :eek:
Posted 27 February 2003 - 07:56 AM
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