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2 & 3 Part Inventions
Opus 19/The Dreamer
I’m Old Fashioned

Founders, George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein
Founding Choreographers: George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins
Ballet Master in Chief: Peter Martins
Ballet Mistress: Rosemary Dunleavy
Assistant to the Ballet Master in Chief: Sean Lavery
Guest Teacher: Merrill Ashley
Children’s Ballet Master: Garielle Whittle
Orchestra, Music Director: Fayçal Karoui
Chairman of the Board: John L. Vogelstein
Managing Dir. Communications and Special Projects: Robert Daniels
Manager, Media Relations: Katharina Plumb
Assoc., Communications and Special Projects, Caitlin Gillette
The David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
May 11, 2010

(Read More NYC Ballet Reviews).

Conductor: Maurice Kaplow

2 & 3 Part Inventions (1995): Music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Choreography by Jerome Robbins, Lighting by Jennifer Tipton, Pianist: Nancy McGill, Performed by Kathryn Morgan, Erica Pereira, Ashley Laracey, Stephanie Zungre, Chase Finlay, Allen Peiffer, Daniel Applebaum, Joshua Thew.

Robbins” 2 & 3 Part Variations is made for youthful, vibrant dancers, who walk toward and back from the audience, in rhythmic fashion, punctuating the syncopated beat. The work was originally designed for the School of American Ballet in 1994, and thus has an energetic, ingénue quality. Kathryn Morgan, Erica Pereira, Chase Finlay, and Daniel Applebaum caught my eye, with their charming buoyancy and enthusiastic demeanor. Ms. Morgan, especially, captivates the viewer with her beyond-elegant presence, her wistful expressiveness. Mr. Applebaum has matured recently into a commanding dancer, who looks out and draws the audience in. Bach’s piano “Inventions” were impressively played by Nancy McDill, a pro of the genre. I was particularly attracted to the dancers’ swinging and swimming arms, their switching of direction, and the precision of leaps and lunges. This piece always engages the audience with its lively tempo, danced to twelve 18th century piano studies.

Opus 19/The Dreamer (1979): Music by Sergei Prokofiev, Choreography by Jerome Robbins, Costumes by Ben Benson, Lighting by Ronald Bates, Violin Solo: Arturo Delmoni, Performed by Wendy Whelan, Gonzalo Garcia, and the Company.

Every time I see this work, it seems surprising in its searing, fierce musicality, thanks to Prokofiev’s “1st Violin Concerto”. With Arturo Delmoni at the bow and Maestro Kaplow on the Conductor’s podium, Wendy Whelan and Gonzalo Garcia catapulted in dizzying spins with sharp-angled arms. This All-Robbins program was all the more powerful and momentous with Ms. Whelan and Mr. Garcia’s magnetized chemistry and lofty interpretation. Mr. Garcia was more confident, balanced, and less self-conscious than last season, and he developed the depth and dramatic potential of Robbins’ vivid choreography. The blueness of Ben Benson’s costumes and Ronald Bates’ lighting created a mesmerizing, mystical haze that enveloped the dancers. The ensemble of twelve was like a dreamy Greek chorus, and Marika Anderson, Daniel Applebaum, and Christian Tworzyanski caught my eye. Arturo Delmoni added heavenly attributes to the usually stark violin solos.

I'm Old Fashioned (1983): Music by Morton Gould (based on music by Jerome Kern), Choreography by Jerome Robbins, Costumes by Florence Klotz, Lighting by Ronald Bates, Performed by Rebecca Krohn, Jenifer Ringer, Sara Mearns, Adrian Danchig-Waring, Jared Angle, Tyler Angle, and the Company. Film sequence from You Were Never Lovelier, starring Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth.

This luscious Robbins work, that mimics Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth’s duets, dancing to Gould’s take on Kern and Mercer, in the 1942 film, You Were Never Lovelier, is one of my City Ballet favorites. However, tonight’s cast had a mixed result, with Jared Angle a bit dull in the thigh-slapping solo. Au contraire, Adrian Danchig-Waring, partnering the stunning and sparkling Jenifer Ringer, was campy, spinning his arms and shoulders and outdoing himself with “old fashioned” fancy steps. Sara Mearns was impeccable in style, seizing the stage with poise and pizzazz. Rebecca Krohn added warmth and vivacity, as did Tyler Angle. Florence Klotz’ costumes begin in a colorful array and end in formal black, as dancers and film stars merge on stage and backdrop screen. Among the corps, Gwyneth Muller, Ralph Ippolito, and Daniel Applebaum sparked the moment. The music swirled in my mind endlessly, long after I left Koch Theater.

Joshua Thew, Kathryn Morgan, Allen Peiffer
in Jerome Robbins' "2 & 3 Part Inventions"
Courtesy of Paul Kolnik

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