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Sacramento Ballet Seeds the Future

Magazine article Pointe

Sacramento Ballet Seeds the Future

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Sacramento Ballet Seeds The Future

Sacramento Ballet ended the 2005-06 season with another installment of its Modern Masters programs, a series of new works by what company Co-Artistic Director Ron Cunningham calls "the next generation of master choreographers." These are frequently dancers or former dancers who recently have begun to make works for others. This year's program, April 28 to May 7, at the Mainstage of the Sacramento Theatre Company, featured premières by Peter Quanz, Helen Pickett, John Selya and Amy Seiwert, plus works by company dancers Nolan T'Sani, Joo Hwan Cho and Jack Hansen.

T'Sani, once a member of New York City Ballet, opened the program with his Concerto for Ten B Two to music by Prokofiev. It was pure classical ballet, with a touch of Balanchine in one passage of beautiful batterie. The work featured company soloists Kirsten Bloom and Hansen.

Quanz, a former dancer with Stuttgart Ballet, created She Guards Her secret, a traditional pas de deux to Rachmaninov's "Vocalise." Alison Kappes and Hamilton Nieh performed the tender balancing act of desire and disappointment that was elegantly staged, but not terribly challenging.

The same could be said of Cho's Just Like That, performed to "Whatever Lola Wants" from Damn Yankees. Cho performed a clever pas de trois along with Bobby Briscoe and Tarah Finley.

Seiwert, a former Sacramento Ballet dancer now with Smuin Ballet in San Francisco, created On the Care and Feeding of Ecstasy to music by Mozart. The ballet began with male dancers prone on the floor, their partners poised above them. …

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