Saturday, October 24, 2009

Othello

"So if Othello is this big royal guy, why does he show his love for Desdemona by giving her a napkin?"

"I don't know Emma, but I think the moral of this story is don't lose the napkin."

"Totally Mom, lose the napkin and people die."


The Joffrey Ballet
Othello
A Dance in Three Acts

Othello: Fabrice Calmels
Iago: Matthew Adamczyk
Cassio: Aaron Rogers
Desdemona: April Daly
Emilia: Valerie Robin
Bianca: Allison Walsh

In one word...PERFECTION.
Hands down this was the best full length ballet I have seen in my lifetime.
And that, my friends, is saying something.
Like a little girl, I didn't want it to end. The production made me gasp aloud.
Lar Lubovitch's production of Othello had it's world premiere at the American Ballet Theater in 1997 and flawlessly marries classical choreography with modern dance aggression. Based on the story by Giraldo Cintio published in 1566 and the Shakespeare adaptation from 1602, Lubovitch's Othello is utterly captivating. The choreography is heady and challenging, but the Joffrey dancers handled it all with grace and a level of conviction I simply cannot put into words.
Each and every dancer performed at a level that spoils viewers; Mr. Wheater is building a a trust in this company that is creating a force to be reckoned with.
My only regret is the show closes tomorrow and I can't urge everyone I know to check it out.

In the program Joffrey Artistic Director, Ashley Wheater, claims the 2009-10 season will make patrons understand why the Joffrey Company "is considered not only world renowned, but world-class." He is right. Cinderella is up next...buy a ticket.

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