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Friday, February 24, 2012

Kings of the Dance

Our New York trip is off to a fantastic start with a Kings of the Dance performance. I was already excited when Natalia Osipova sat down just two seats over from me but this was nothing compared to what happened on stage. The highlight of the evening for me was Ivan Vasiliev's performance in Patrick de Bana's Labyrinth of Solitude, which was not just a display piece for his astoundingly high jumps (of which there were plenty to admire) but was invested by Vasiliev with deep emotional commitment.  The night offered a variety of dance styles, from very jazzy and contemporary Mauro Bigonzetti to more neoclassical Marcelo Gomes. David Hallberg's beautiful classical line was well in evidence in a few jumps. Hand twitching, however, seems to be a very trendy trend at the moment, and though Guillaume Cote's fluttery hands were very impressive, by that point I was rather thinking, "If I see another hand twitch...". Jorma Elo's Still of King was typical of his choreography, with classical positions morphing before one's eyes into something off-kilter; it was very entertainingly performed by Marcelo Gomes.
Worth the price of admission for Vasiliev alone.

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