Magazine article Dance Magazine

Ballet Flirts with Sensuality

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Ballet Flirts with Sensuality

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NASHVILLE BALLET

JAMES K. POLK THEATER
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
OCTOBER 13-14, 2000

Nashville Ballet whirled into its new season like a cyclone, showcasing five crystal-clean dances that explored the many aspects of sensuality. Opening with a reprise of George Balanchine's Serenade, the youthful corps danced exuberantly, providing a crisp backdrop for the interplay among soloists Alisha Murray, Danielle Quill and Kathryn Beasley. The ending lift, with Beasley held aloft by four male dancers, her body torqued backward, was as spectacular as the choreographer ever intended.

Choreographer Toni Pimble's pas de trois Two's Company found dancers Alexander Srb and Eric Harris heartbreakingly contending for Beasley's affection. Despite its intentionally ironic title, this work offered a lyrical examination of the more troubling side of intense passion.

By contrast, Volver, a world premiere by Nashville Ballet's Artistic Director Paul Vasterling danced to a Spanish guitar score, presented a spicy fandango about fleeting romance. Dancers Eddie Mikrut and Christine Rennie met as if at an airport, pranced and flirted, ignited a spark, and then blithely parted company.

Alexei Khimenko and Quill's eye-popping interpretation of Salvatore Aiello's Satto sent the sensuality meter pegging into the red zone. Danced to the stark rhythm of drums and flute, this work journeyed into the primal urges aroused when a man and woman come together. Clad only in a loincloth to accentuate his finely cut physique, Khimenko undulated and moved with flat-footed agility as the equally well-toned Quill rolled into the light. …

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