I just returned from the 2004 TITAS Command Performance of International Ballet. It was a great evening! Here is my first ever review
The first act opened with Jose Manuel Carreno (ABT) and Lorna Feijoo (Boston Ballet) in Adam's Giselle Pas De Deux (Act 2). It was well excecuted, although not my favorite. The two were very good, but that is one pas that I prefer to see in the whole ballet. I feel it loses some meaning without the scenery and the rest of the story to go along with it.
Rhasta Thomas performed Roger C. Jeffrey's Last Kiss, a contemporary piece, next. Thomas's lines and jumps were awesome! The lighting also added a great effect to the piece.
The next piece was Patricia Barker and Jeffrey Stanton (both of PNB) performing Balanchine's Agon. I don't believe I have ever seen this performed live, and it was a treat. Barker's legs and feet were beautiful and she definitely has strong technique. Stanton partnered Barker very well...the two were great.
Lauren Anderson and Andrew Murphy of Houston Ballet performed the Black Swan Pas de Deux next. I was not as impressed with these two performers. Anderson never fully convinced me of her role as a swan and Murphy lacked expression, although he was a good dancer technically.
Christopher Vo, a graduating senior from Booker T. Washington (a performing arts school in Dallas) was a special guest in tonight's performance. He performed a piece choreographed by Dwight Rhoden called Growth (A Part of a Bigger Picture). Christopher Vo is one to look for in the future.
The second act opened with Barker and Stanton again performing Balanchine's Stars and Stripes. The two had great chemistry on stage and really played it out well. Technically everything went well and it was fun to watch. Once again, I was impressed by Barker's beautiful lines and turns. Stanton impressed me with his character and was also technically strong.
Anderson and Murphy returned on stage to perform Stevenson's Cinderella Ballroom Pas de Deux. The two looked better in this piece, although still not of the quality of the other performers tonight. The choreography was interesting to watch, as I have never seen it before.
Christopher Vo performed a second solo by Jessica Lang. It was an excerpt from Oblivion and Some Look Back. Again, well excecuted and a dancer to watch grow into an artist.
The most exciting performance this evening was Rasta Thomas and Chiaki Yasukawa (Orlando Ballet) in the Le Corsaire Pas de Deux. The adagio was beautiful...then on to Rasta's variation. He excecuted it with the expected power and exquisite jumps. Yasukawa's variation was also wonderful. Her turns were all great and she has a beautiful arabesque. The coda was by far the best part, however... Most notable were Yasukawa's fouettes, which were as follows: single, single, back attitude turn into a double fouette about four times then she went into 3 singles and a double...ending with a triple pirouette! Rasta proceeded to match her wonderful turns with a series of turns in a la seconde, ending in multiple pirouettes. The two recieved a standing ovation at the end!!!
The last performance was Feijoo and Carreno in Don Quixote pas de deux. A special treat, as both dancers are Cuban. They started off a little shaky, but ended strong....both excecuting multiple pirouettes and Feijoo producing double fouettes in the coda. It was also worthy of a standing ovation.
The 2004 TITAS Command Performance of International Ballet started out slow, but ended very strong! I hope to be able to attend again next year....if anyone else attended, do please review!! I am interested to hear how others thought it went!