The Power of Proximity: Avi Scher and Dancers and Black Watchhttp://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/ballet/the-power-of-proximity/1228/
Two other NYCB alums, Carla Korbes and Seth Orza, danced together in Mirrors. When these two joined Pacific Northwest Ballet several years ago (a couple years apart), both were still maturing, and Korbes had just been promoted to soloist. So it’s gratifying to see them carrying their principal ranks quite handily, returning to a city where stiff and ample competition may never have allowed these fine dancers their due. Boston Ballet‘s Misa Kuranaga and Joseph Gatti performed Utopia, showing her dramatic flair and his precision. In Classroom Fantasy, Scher included students from Manhattan Youth Ballet, as well as Deborah Wingert (who danced at NYCB under Balanchine) in wistful and admonishing elder roles. Sitting so close does have its detractions—seeing ABT‘s terrific Craig Salstein display his humor, so effective from a mile away, overpowers from a few feet (ABT’s Met season opens May 16). Scher’s choreography is by no means revolutionary, but it follows in ballet’s lyrical romantic and storytelling traditions, and relies on the cast’s star power to transform it.