Magazine article Dance Magazine

Lawrence Pech Dance Company

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Lawrence Pech Dance Company

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THEATER ARTAUD, SAN FRANCISCO APRIL 25-28, 1996 REVIEWED BY JANICE ROSS

In its inaugural season the Lawrence Pech Dance Company offered some of the most seasoned ballet dancers in the Bay Area performing in a curiously personal program of six ballets, all choreographed by Pech. The troupe includes San Francisco Ballet alumni Alaina Albertson, Antonio Castilla, Pascale Leroy, Galina Alexandrova, and Wendy Van Dyck; Oakland Ballet's Joral Schmalle; and Diablo Ballet's Gina Domenichelli and Jordi Ribera. But Pech is handily the most charismatic dancer in is company. Formerly a principal with SFB and cofounder and artistic director of Diablo Ballet, he knows how to shape whatever he dances so that it has a sense of dramatic logic, character, and warmth.

Perhaps because he brings these qualities so readily to his own dancing, Pech tends to omit them in his choreography. A piece like 6 4 3 X 4-A, an ensemble work for three couples to a Faure harp, cello, and flute score played live, was danced by three oddly estranged couples. Pech was animated, smiling, and graciously attentive to the others. But only in the margins of the ballet, in a shadowy trio for himself and the two other men, did he hint at palpable emotional engagement, via furtive touches and gentle looks.

Pech's ballets often seem to have too many stories to tell and yet the steadily most consistent one, that of himself as a man outside the crowd, is also the most consistently clandestine. …

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