Friday, May 7, 2010

Eclectica

Joffrey Ballet
Eclectica

Reflections
Choreography by Gerald Arpino
World Premiere: The Joffrey Balley, February 3rd, 1971
Photo credit Herbert Migdoll

Crossed
Choreography by Jessica Lang
World Premiere: The Joffrey Ballet, April 28th, 2010
Photo Credit Herbert Migdoll

Pretty BALLET
Choreography by James Kudelka
World Premiere: The Joffrey Ballet, April 28th, 2010
Photo Credit The Silverman Group

After enjoying two captivating full length ballets this season, Emma and I were anxious to take in the Joffrey's trio of ensemble pieces last night. Eclectica resurrected an Arpino classic. Reflections is a fast paced, soaring, and complex work and last night highlighted Fabrice Calmels and Victoria Jaiani in a powerful pas de deux.

Crossed, the second piece of the evening, was by far my favorite offering of the night. The earthy color scheme in the costuming and lighting set the foundation for this world premier centered on religious imagery. The set featured moving set of crossed panels that would hide and reveal dancers as they moved in somber reverence and joyous celebration.

Emma reserved her highest praise for Pretty BALLET. The piece centered around the theme of protecting the muse. Valerie Robin danced beautifully as "the muse" and moments when she was held aloft protectively were quite memorable.

It was a delightful way to end our season with the Joffrey Ballet.
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