Kings of the Dance at City Centerhttp://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/ballet/kings-dance-among-us/802/
A long series of solos by various choreographers comprised the second act. Logic dictates choosing the appropriate roles for each dancer’s strengths, which of course applied here. In Small Steps by Adam Hougland, Gomes’ penetrating dramatic presence seemed to boil in the sharp downlighting of designer Elena Kopunova (Bolshoi Theater), before being released in his full-out athletic style. Matvienko’s winking humor found a home in the multiple roles of Leonid Jakobson’s Vestris, originally done by Baryshnikov. Hallberg glowed and floated like an Apollonian god in Ashton’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits, a perfect cloud/vehicle for him.