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Flash Review 3, 6-1: Texas Rangers
Spirited Dancing, Mixed Program from Fort Worth Dallas
By Marwa Bernstein
Copyright 2001 Marwa Bernstein
Fort Worth Dallas Ballet made a very
good showing at last night's performance of its premiere engagement at the Joyce
Theater. The evening was of varied rep with pieces by Kevin O'Day, Stanton Welch
and Peter Anastos. "Fingerprints," choreographed by Welch to music performed by
the Kronos Quartet, was a perfect example of harmonious collaboration on stage.
The choreography complimented the beautifully rhythmic and nuanced music just
as the dancers complemented the choreography at every turn. It was highlighted
by a sense of flow, from the long billowing skirts that adorned the dancers (both
male and female) to the fingers of light illuminating the stage (by Lisa J. Pinkham),
combined with the skirted backdrop to allow the dancers to appear and disappear
as in and out of mist. All the dancers deserve to be mentioned by name but of
special note were Bettina Sarmiento and Shannon Beacham. The piece seemed to make
the dancers want to dance and it showed on their faces as well as in their bodies.
It was a joy to watch.
"Yes Virginia, another Piano Ballet"
by Peter Anastos, a classical comic piece, was no less enjoyable. A spoof of classical
ballet set to Chopin, it made fun of itself and ballet as a whole and was totally
charming. All the dancers displayed a command of technique and vaudeville timing
that kept you laughing.( And for myself and other dancers in the audience laughing
O'Day's "Principia" opened the evening
and though well danced, was not as strong as what followed it. An ensemble piece
that had a few nice moments, it seemed to be controlling the dancers instead of
the dancers controlling it. There were so many steps that it felt like there was
never a moment to breathe, and the dancers seem to have a hard time fitting it
all in. The woman's section stood out as a nicely choreographed and clean movement,
as did the third pas de deux danced by Corrina Peterson and Andre Claude Kaltenrieder.
It was a refreshing evening and proves
once more that dance in America has spread beyond this city's borders. Fort Worth
Dallas Ballet can be seen at the Joyce Theatre through June 3. For more information,
please visit the Joyce web site.
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