Alvin Ailey at City Centerhttp://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/performance/embracing-the-duality-of-ailey/658/
I recently caught a program to live music, always a treat, especially when it’s the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. The River is a great technical challenge. Its vocabulary tends toward the balletic, with endless arabesques and developpes and turns. The dancers sometimes seem caught between tending to the technique, or softening it up with a more relaxed attitude. When the latter happens, it comes across on the uncomfortable side, the way pop standard songs sound when opera singers perform them. But the quartet for men, in possibly the most difficult section, looked crisp and tight because they seemed to embrace the technique fully.