|The Black Swan Pas de Deux|
Interestingly, it is the drag ballet company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo who demonstrated the most respect and reverence for the dedication, artistry and hard work mastering classical technique. Their campy sendups of our classical treasures manage to delight the uninitiated with their humor and simultaneously impress us balletomanes with their stunning technique. Their Black Swan Pas de Deux was the highlight of the week.
American Ballet Theater performed José Limon's "Moors Pavane" with Julie Kent and Stella Abrera looking marvelous. But with so little classical ballet on the five programs, we had hoped they would have chosen to demonstrate something from the classical canon. demonstrating the glories of point work... like The Black Swan Pas de Deux for example. Perhaps they didn't want to be outshone by the "ladies" of The Trocs!
More was hoped for also from the Royal Ballet. Two beautiful dancers with beautiful bodies performed some beautiful moves in a piece commissioned for the festival. They were on point. As an added benefit, they performed to live music by Arvo Part, although the cello playing was a bit unfortunate. The sad part was that Liam Scarlett's choreography was devoid of meaning and feeling.
As for the rest of the programs, there was a lot of sound and fury without significance. Unmusical music, uninspired gyrating, lots of herky-jerky-twerky motion, rolling around on the floor, ersatz copulation, meaningless rushing to and fro. Long on energy, short on artistry. Lest you conclude that we just hate modern dance, stand by for our review of Lars Lubovich later this month. Now there's a choreographer who knows what to do with dancers!
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