Saturday, October 23, 2010

All Stars.

Joffrey Ballet
All Stars

Stravinsky Violin Concerto
Choreography by George Balanchine
Joffrey Premier: October 13th, 2010
World Premier: New York City Ballet 1972

Tarantella
Choreography by George Balanchine
Joffrey Premier: October 30th, 1977
World Premier: New York City Ballet 1964

After the Rain
Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon
Joffrey Premier: October 13th, 2010
World Premier: New York City Ballet 2005

The Concert
(Or, the perils of everybody)
Choreography by Jerome Robbins
Joffrey Premier: October 13th, 2010
World Premier: New York City Ballet 1956
Emma and I were more than eager to to settle into our familiar seats for the start of yet another Joffrey season and their offerings this evening did not disappoint. All Stars featured works by renowned choreographers who have all made a significant imprint on the dance world.

The first two offerings highlighted George Balanchine and his tricky, at times quirky, fast paced works. Stravinsky Violin Concerto celebrated flexed feet and fluidity, while Tarantella embraced classic and complex Balanchine technique. Tambourines in hand, Anastacia Holden and John Mark Giragosian more than held their own among a company that is, in a few ways, still working up to perfecting these challenging Balanchine works.

This evening's performance of After the Rain was one of the single best works I have seen performed live. The audience owes a debt of gratitude to Christopher Wheeldon for creating this breathtaking work. Period. Standouts Victoria Jaiani and Fabrice Calmels were well supported by Valerie Robin, Matthew Adamczyk, April Daly and Miguel Angel Blanco through out this spectacular evolving story. Save for New York City Ballet, the Joffrey is the first company to be granted the rights to perform After the Rain in its entirety. It was a well deserved honor. The dancers performed with admirable grace and respect for this twenty-two minute creation and the immediate standing ovation was the least the audience could do to reward such a memorable effort.
Just when we thought things couldn't get any better the brilliance of Jerome Robbins entered the scene. The Concert revolves around the Ballerina, the Angry Woman, the Shy Boy, the Husband and Wife, and the Matinee Girls as their collective minds begin to wander during a piano concert. Emma and I were laughing out loud and delighted in the rare gift of a truly humorous ballet! I cannot describe the deft and comedic timing displayed by the Joffrey dancers tonight! What an absolute joy.

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