Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Night of Tics 'N' Kicks

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Night of Tics 'N' Kicks

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Byline: SARAH FRATER

JOHN Adams's Fearful Symmetries has attracted more choreographers than any piece of contemporary music.

London audiences will know Ashley Page's version for The Royal Ballet, which set the shine on Irek Mukhamedov's star, while Doug Varone, Mark Dendy and Christopher d'Amboise have also been lured by its rhythms, as has Peter Martins, Balanchine's favourite at New York City Ballet.

Martins's version was danced by Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) last night as part of a mixed bill, and I regret to report that it was not a success.

The problems are numerous. Despite vivid designs and a lively playing, Martins makes the mistake of following

every rhythmic nuance of the complex score.

The dancers flick their arms and kick their legs, they run hither and yon, racing to stay with its pounding beats, but looking tired and irascible as a result. More serious was the inexperience of some of the men, who lacked the stamina and artistry that ballet requires. …

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