Histoire du Soldat: Stravinsky, Cabaret-style, by Lar Lubovitch and Le Train Bleue at Galapagos.http://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/histoire-du-soldat-stravinsky-cabaret-style/1151/
The musicians were arranged as tightly as chess pieces on half of the small stage, overlooking islands of tables floating above a moat; the mezzanine holds additional tables. In the hour-long show, orchestral and narrated sections alternated with too-brief ballets full of humor and empathy. Lubovitch is renowned as an accomplished concert dance and full-length ballet choreographer, but his skills work perfectly in Soldat when applied to concise characterizations and furthering the narrative. His seamless style kept energy flowing, in contrast to a countervailing tendency to make phrases that started and stopped in poses or hyperextended legs. His lyrical phrasing that usually moves horizontally here, by necessity, pushed upward due to the small stage, resulting in looping vertical lifts, plus space-saving marches including some nifty moonwalk-style backsliding.