|Catherine Hurlin in George Balanchine's Tarantella. © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo: Erin Baiano.|
- More interesting rep on the youngsters (see blog on Juilliard): Balanchine's Tarantella, Ratmansky's Les Carnaval des Animaux (Excerpts), Paul Taylor's Airs, and Raymond Lukens' Jerusalem Divertissement
- Some familiar faces from The Nutcracker, including Catherine Hurlin in Tarantella (with Xavier Nunez), fast becoming a willowy, confident, versatile dancer. Neat to see her graduating like this through the stages at JKO/ABT (among others).
- Jun Xia! This young man has extraordinary gifts and talent that could be called Hallbergian... fantastic feet, terrific extensions and flexibility, a gift for epaulement, and good presence. Watch him carefully.
- Carnaval—a hodgepodge of animal-themed sections, including flitting birds, a dying swan, and bunnies. Not one of Ratmansky's best efforts but an entertaining short work appropriate for this troupe.
- Airs—when Paul Taylor Dance Company performs it, it has a classical feel, but I wouldn't necessarily call it ballet, as seems appropriate on ABT SC. It also looks incredibly fast on these kids, another testament to the skill and athleticism of PTDC. But a lovely, serious dance that is a welcome variation on ballet.
- Jerusalem provides a showcase for all of the technical skills that distinguish these youngsters
The company performs again today at 2pm (with the JKO Students) and tonight at 7:30pm.
|Summation. Getting pelted with fruit.|
The company presents Pathological Parenthetical Pageantry, which is as zany as the title sounds and involves fruit as projectiles, and a premiere that begins with an off-kilter pose suggesting imminent change. It builds momentum through orderly repetition and gutsy performances. Kyle Olson, a frequent collaborator, provides the commissioned score, with costumes by Brigitte Vosse.