There was a thrilling “West Side Story” moment, two big groups entering from either side of the stage. Men partnered women. Women partnered women. Men partnered men. The women’s ponytails pranced! Shawn Burgess, in an acrobatic solo, radiated so much joy, I thought he was going to levitate.
…gifted dancers invited us to escape the fatigue of work and politics, while listening to Vivaldi and Bizet…
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.