Magazine article Dance Magazine

Choices Hinder Denver Dancers

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Choices Hinder Denver Dancers

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CHOICES HINDER DENVER DANCERS COLORADO BALLET JOYCE THEATER NEW YORK, NEW YORK FEBRUARY 1-6, 2000

What do they say about the first three desirable requisites of real estate? Location, location, location! With a dance company, particularly a dance company making its debut in a strange town before strange audiences and perhaps even stranger critics, those three requisites might be translated as: Programming, programming, programming!

Martin Fredmann's Denver-based, highly regarded, stoutly touted, and generally shipshape Colorado Ballet was giving its Manhattan debut season--it had been seen in a couple of one-performance stands in Brooklyn a few years previously--at the Joyce Theater. It is a very good company, as I already knew, having seen it a few times at home in Denver as well as on those Brooklyn excursions.

Not unexpectedly the first night performance at the Joyce went extremely well--this is a handsomely schooled, talented batch of dancers, with, significantly, a vigorous house style and a number of vivid performing personalities. The performance itself, simply as dancing, was exciting enough. But that all-important programming proved less satisfactory.

It is a problem. Do you play safe with tested standards, or try to show your unique qualities with fresh creations? Fredmann took the road less traveled, and paid a price. The Coloradians gave two New York premieres and the revival of Frederick Ashton's 1931 Facade, not seen in New York for more than twenty years. …

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