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Swan Lake and Mirrors


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We are nearing the end of the ballet season in Boston. I really enjoyed Swan Lake this time around, as I feel the dancers have really settled into their roles this year (this is a repeat from last year). The Smoke & Mirrors program is a mixed bag. I particularly liked "Belong," which was choreographed by Norbert Vesak for Evelyn Hart and David Peregrine. I believe they performed it in Varna to standing ovations and numerous curtain calls. I saw it on opening night with Eris Nezha and Lia Cirio. The audience went wild. Additionally, Yury Yanowsky, a former principal with the company, choreographed a ballet entitled, "Smoke & Mirrors," which uses innovative costumes for partnering. It's a good program to see.

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The "Belong" pas de deux was part of a larger ballet called What to Do Till the Messiah Comes, and if memory serves, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet premiered it in 1973, three-plus years before Evelyn Hart joined the company. (I believe at that point Hart hadn't even entered the RWB School.) Peregrine also joined the company a couple of years after its creation. But certainly the pas de deux became indelibly linked with Hart's performance, and for years--decades, really--I couldn't even imagine anyone else dancing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZti-l6GqqQ

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Thanks for that background, volcanohunter. Although an older piece of choreography, for me, it was mesmerizing. I actually thought it would be my least favorite of the evening and it ended up being my favorite. Just a man and woman and dance - where have we heard that one before? I wanted to get to Boston to see it again, but I have not been able to do so.

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