So happy that my daughter me (nice role reversal) to see Boston Ballet's rEVOLUTION on Friday, Feb 28.
i was really looking forward to Agon, one of my favorite Balanchine ballets... and I was looking forward to seeing Forsythe's In the Middle, somewhat elevated.... as I had never seen his work live before, only on the flat screen. I was mildly curious to see Glass Pieces, but not particularly, as the video clips I've caught in the past never particularly piqued my interest.
But wow!! Glass Pieces!!! Boston Ballet really gets this piece! And Lia Cirio, wow, just wow! I've seen her dance every few years, but hadn't seen her lately... she has truly come into her own... as if she stole the "evolution" in the title to show just how far she has come.
But, back to Glass Pieces...I have never seen Einstein on the Beach, (and my memory is infamous) but someone who was in it described how he just continually jogged across the stage always in the same direction... imagining what this might have looked like has stuck in my head for almost 40 years... is Robbins dancers among walking people derivative? I don't know, but it was so effective...it was like watching Dances At Gathering performed in the subway walkways during rush hour. Cirio however was in Facades, which I was sorry to learn was not called Ahkenaton... as it seemed performed against a Nile of corps dancers... The Coda was my daughter's favorite and much as I admired Boston Ballet's male contingent in it, the choreography mostly reminded me of Robbin's Broadway work, which I think I am just the wrong generation for. But I loved watching the large ensrmble manage to fill the stage with tremendous energy travelling in every direction without crashing into each other... loved the eye contact between the dancers, hard to explain, but what a company!
I had never heard Thom Willems' music with the extremely dimensional sound design. I was familar the music, but it was as if it had been taken apart with certain elements exaggerated and given direction. It was kind of distracting... as if it was darting around the house while the dancers were behind the proscenium. The dancing was fantastic, with all the dancing virtuostic but certain dancers asserting their own signature onto the movement more convincingly than others. I have always felt no one quite looks at home in the movement as much as Guillem did, but some of BB's male principals pulled this off as well. Wonderful to see.
i must be getting old. Perhaps I am losing night vision, but the only lighting I liked (and liked quite a bit) was for Glass Pieces. For both Agon & In the Middle... the hot highlights on the dancers were hard to look at... in Agon, the men's white Tshirts were so flourescently bright it distracted from the movement. For In the Middle.... the hot light from above made my irises want to close down like a video camera, making the shadowy black even more shadowy. I would say sit closer than under the balcony if you go, perhaps it looks better up close..