Magazine article Pointe

Ballet Builders' Lucky Number Seven

Magazine article Pointe

Ballet Builders' Lucky Number Seven

Article excerpt

Ballet Builders' Lucky Number Seven

Ballet Builders celebrated 15 years of providing opportunities to emerging choreographers, April 9 and 10, at Florence Gould Hall, in New York City. The seven choreographers, selected from 50 applicants, hailed from NYC; Minneapolis; Rochester, NY; Austin, TX; and Nashville, TN, giving local viewers a rare chance to see works from far-flung regions of the country along with others by home-based talents.

Before the performance, the dancers warmed up in sweat clothes onstage, in full view of the audience. Gina Patterson's No Defense reassured us, however, that this was a dressy affair. Dancers from Ballet Austin performed three pas de deux to music by Tucker Livingston that revealed the sweeter side of love. The dances were skillfully and unpredictably linked together, creating a sense of drama and community centered around a mysterious man in a raincoat, danced by Eric Midgley. In the final duet, he at last shed his melancholy and opened himself to love. Patterson and Midgley danced the "Silent Nights" section with confident abandon, and Livingston's music touched the dance with sincerity throughout.

Another standout on the program was Nashville Ballet Artistic Director Paul Vasterling's Efimero. Sadie Harris, a dancer with exquisite line, and John Upleger successfully conveyed the tension of a relationship in peril. In one breathtaking moment, Upleger tossed his partner to the floor. She was sent spinning on her stomach with her back arched and her legs outstretched, like a sailboat lost in a storm.

Jamey Leverett's Pedestal dealt with the loss of her mentor, the late Timothy Draper, founder of Rochester City Ballet. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.