Magazine article Pointe

Rebecca Kelly Ballet: A Thoughtful Approach at 25

Magazine article Pointe

Rebecca Kelly Ballet: A Thoughtful Approach at 25

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Rebecca Kelly Ballet: A Thoughtful Approach At 25

A 25th-anniversary performance by Rebecca Kelly Ballet, on March 9 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theatre in New York City, was indeed something to celebrate. The company and its featured guest artists looked solid, and the ballets, all choreographed by Kelly, were intriguing. The local première of Air ana the world première of Silver Circles-both danced to original scores-were followed by The Travelers (2002) and José 's Dream (2004). This program demonstrated the dancers' versatility and Kelly's innovative perspective.

Air, a trio for two women and a man, was set against a sky-blue backdrop with dancers in flowing blue costumes resembling togas. Mood and clarity of line prevailed, as much of the choreography was stationary. Round lines gave way to flat and angular shapes reminiscent of artwork on Grecian urns. Kelly highlighted the ebb and flow of Martha Gallagher's sparse string music by using solos, then duets, and finally all three dancers. The moments of unison were fleeting and therefore all the more powerful.

The central pas de deux in Silver Circles was danced by Therese Wendler and guest Duncan Cooper in sleek, silver costumes that shimmered under the light. Their intertwined, flowing movement was offset by a clump of dancers in tattered black clothing. As the music intensified, the agonized dancers in black slowly pushed the center couple apart. The group tried to keep them separated, but their attempts were thwarted and the couple returned to their opening pose, not as innocent as they once were, but triumphantly together. …

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