Sure, it’s a marketing gimmick, but “Beer and Ballet” offered more than just the chance to quaff a brew while watching dance. The program showcased California Ballet’s international roster of stunning ballerinas.
Neil Ieremia is Samoan and his choreography fuses contemporary, hip-hop, and haka, an ancient Maori war dance known for its intense foot stomping and full-voiced shouting.
High-energy “Propulsion” showcases Blythe Barton’s visceral combat, Lara Segura’s thorny relationships, Andrew Holmes’s deft use of space, and John Paul Lawson’s “Yippee! I get to leap!”
Beauty, the Beast, the artist, the body, the soul, and a lot of curtains: The classic “Beauty and the Beast” had to compete with a lot of other busyness from Malandain Ballet Biarritz. The result was some stunning dancing but not enough heart.
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.