Reviewing City Ballet of San Diego’s “Nutcracker,” I wrote: “I’m eager to see [this company] make a grand jeté to the next level.” With this program, particularly exciting new works by Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins—and pianists from the New York City Ballet—they did it.
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Relentless, brutal, an emotional roller-coaster … In “OCD Love,” L-E-V Dance Company’s six dancers occasionally connected and, more often, struggled, creating a society onstage that was high on alienation, short on comfort, and electrifying to watch. With influences from the Tel Aviv club scene, this Israeli dance company …
City Ballet’s superb “Nutcracker” features bravura dancing by the principals, sets and costumes created with loving detail, and a decent orchestra. But, having watched this company progress one small step at a time, I’m eager to see it make a grand jeté to the next level.
For a number of recent dances, Malashock has picked contemporary classical music with wide-ranging moods, dynamics, and tempi, and it’s led to some of his richest, most complex work. That’s the happy case with “yKNOT.” set to several pieces performed by the sextet yMusic Ensemble.
The performance of “Finding Center” that I saw featured one of those magical Trolley Dances movements: Shannon was zooming toward us, to the sound of the amplified whiz of his skateboard wheels, and in a direct line behind him, a trolley was coming into the station.
When they realized that the ship with their costumes and sets was still somewhere in the Atlantic, they ran out to a mall in Dallas, their first U.S. stop, and bought what they needed to stage three less elaborate pieces. The French company didn’t disappoint … though gray buckets, used a makeshift props in one dance, suggested that after the show, they were going to do some spackling.