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Fugate/Bahiri Ballet NY Thrills in a Tidy Package

Magazine article Pointe

Fugate/Bahiri Ballet NY Thrills in a Tidy Package

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Fugate/Bahiri Ballet NY Thrills in a Tidy Package

Fugate/Bahiri Ballet NY, formerly DanceGalaxy, celebrated its ninth anniversary with its fourth engagement at New York's Joyce Theater in June. This intimate space lent itself well to the mixed program that included the company premières of John Butler's Othello and Frances Patrelle's Jazz Fools, and three repertory pieces.

Othello, choreographed in 1976, concisely conveyed Shakespeare's tale using the three main characters of Othello, Desdemona and lago, danced by Fidel Garcia, Anitra N. Nurnberger and Dante D. Adela, respectively. Dramatic music by Antonin Dvorak enhanced the earnest performances, with Adela making a convincing villain

Choreographed in 1990 for company directors Judith Fugate and Medhi Bahiri, Jazz Fools, a brief pas de deux, was danced to Ordinary Fool," sung by MeI Tormé. This time, sultry Bonnie Pickard and Addul Manzano made its romantic atmosphere sizzle.

Stanton Welch's Orange, named for the chakra of that color in the ancient Vedic tradition, was set to a Vivaldi oboe concerto and choreographed for the company in 2001. The three couples wore orange costumes designed by Holly Hynes and Welch: the women in long, flowing chiffon skirts slit to reveal bare legs, and the men in unitards. The opening and closing sections were rousing; and playful groups with miniature solos were built in for each dancer. In between, three pas de deux were filled with emotion, the second expressing a sense of loss. The style was classical, but interspersed were head bobbles, shoulder shimmies and unusual arm movements that lent an air of lightheaded eccentricity. …

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