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Flash Review 3, 10-2: Dancing Angels
...And Sphinxes and Firebirds too, from DTH
By Tamieca McCloud
Copyright 2001Tamieca McCloud
NEW YORK --Dance Theatre of Harlem
graced its audience with another strong performance Friday, with Program 3 of
its latest series of performances at City Center. The night's company premiere
was "Sphinx," choreographed by Glen Tetley, and accompanied by "Adrian (Angel
On Earth)" and the classic "Firebird."
The performance opened with "Adrian
(Angel On Earth)," a work created in 1997 as the end of a trilogy choreographed
by John Alleyne (director of Ballet British Columbia). The dance was accompanied
by Timothy Sullivan's wonderful score, "Two Pianos," which was performed by Michael
Cherry and J.Y. Song.
"Adrian (Angel On Earth)" is a beautiful
work performed by eleven dancers in softly colored costumes designed by Nancy
Bryant. It is said to be the depiction of a hero's conversation with his spiritual
partners as he experiences a physical and spiritual rejuvenation. This was successfully
realized in the choreography and its execution, as the dancers beautifully personified
the complexities of the music, weaving a light cloak of warmth and peace over
Where "Adrian" offered warmth, there
was a starker quality to "Sphinx." The work was choreographed by Glen Tetley in
1997, and is accompanied by the music of Bohuslav Martinu. Though it depicts a
story of the desire for love, there is a harshness to it that foretells its tragic
ending -- true to its tragic Greek nature. Caroline Rocher, Ramon Thielin and
Duncan Cooper danced the ballet, which was an interpretation of Jean Cocteau's
play "La Machine Infernale."
A wonderful ending to the night's
program presented itself in the performance of DTH's version of the classic "Firebird,"
as choreographed by John Taras. Much praise goes to the amazing footwork of Kellye
A. Saunders, who without a doubt was the focus of the performance as the title
character. There's not much to be said about this ballet, which has become a trademark
of DTH, that hasn't already been said. If you haven't seen it performed by this
company, you should.
One more thing to be noted about
the night's performance: Live music! Enough said.
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