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NY City Center
Fall for Dance – Program IV

Keigwin + Company with Juilliard Dance

Corella Ballet Castilla Y León

Russell Maliphant Company

Jason Samuel Smith & Friends

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Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
October 6, 2010

Keigwin + Company with Juilliard Dance
Megalopolis (2009): Choreography by Larry Keigwin, Music by Steve Reich, Costumes by Fritz Masten, Lighting and Scenery Design by Nicole Pearce, Production Manager: Maxine Glorsky.

This performance by Keigwin + Company with Juilliard Dance is described in the program as “minimalism and driving hip-hop.” At this point in the five-program Fall for Dance series, I had no interest in yet one more hip-hop or minimalist work, as there have been far too many already, in the first three series programs. This piece, choreographed by Larry Keigwin, was instantly forgettable and annoyingly twitchy. To a score by Steve Reich, “Sextet/Six Marimbas”, 18 dancers move in stiff, mirrored motion, as a group, and I imagined a high school gym class in routine exercises to pulsating electric tones.

Corella Ballet Castilla y León
Soleá (2010): Choreography by Maria Pagés, Music by Ruben Lebaniegos, Cante, Ana Ramon, Guitar, Ruben Lebaniegos, Percussion, Chema Uriarte, Zapateado, Maria Pages, Lighting by Luis Perdiguero, Performed by Carmen Corella and Angel Corella.

It was wonderful to see this work again, last reviewed when Angel Corella and his sister, Carmen Corella, brought their new ballet company from Spain to City Center for a few days this past year. Maria Pagés choreographed this work for the Corella team, with driven flamenco and rapid ballet footwork, mimicking flamenco rhythms en pointe. The incredible chemistry and warmth of this sibling duo is palpable. Their renowned virtuosity at American Ballet Theatre, where Angel is a principal dancer and Carmen was a soloist, before she joined other companies, brings them many fans, many of whom were in the hall tonight. Angel dashed about the stage, spun his signature rapid then slow turns, tossed about in expansive lunges and leaps, and stood silently on the side, while Carmen pirouetted en pointe and clicked her pointe shoes hard against the floor, flamenco style. When they are seated, they bend their heads together like a sculpture.

Russell Maliphant Company
AfterLight Part I (US Premiere): Choreography by Russell Maliphant, Lighting by Michael Hulls, Music: Gnossiennes 1-4, Erik Satie, Piano: Dustin Gledhill, Sound Design by Andy Cowton, Animation by Jan Urbanowski for onedotzero industries, Costumes by Stevie Stewart, Original Design Concept: Michael Hulls with Es Devlin, Created with and performed by Daniel Proietto.

Daniel Proietto, of the Russell Maliphant Company, danced a solo work commissioned by Sadlers Wells for a tribute to Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes in 2009. Nijinsky’s paintings and geometric drawings were, according to the program, “a starting point” for this choreography. AfterLight Part I, a US Premiere, grew on me as I thought about it after leaving the theatre. During the performance, it was so diffuse a dance, with Mr. Proietto so surreal an image, that it left an endless, meandering, aimless impression. However, on rethinking, which sometimes happens, and especially on replaying Erik Satie’s “Gnossiennes” 1-4 in my mind, I remembered Mr. Proietto’s glowing figure in the dim, opaque lighting, twirling and unfurling, sliding and flying about, an incandescent spark to the imagination.

Jason Samuels Smith & Friends
Rhythmdome (World Premiere): Choreography by Jason Samuels Smith, Associate Choreographer: Buddha Stretch, Music by DJ DP One, Stacy Dillard, and The Roots, Costumes by Gingie McLeod, Dindi Designs, Lighting by Sue Samuels, Floor/Sound Specialist: Tony Mayes, Production Manager, Elka Samuels Smith, Divine Rhythm Productions, Stage Manager: Ken Samuels, Musicians: DJ DP One and Stacy Dillard, Performed by the Ensemble.

Rhythmdome, a World Premiere, was one of the least engaging of the Fall for Dance contributions. Jason Samuels Smith divided the stage for jazz and hip-hop, as rival music, rival dance, and rival sax-DJ leaders all fought it out through performance art, or so to speak. Stacy Dillard on sax led a four-man, tap dance ensemble, and DJ DP One led a four-man, hip-hop group in yet another work celebrating street style dance, one emanating from the Depression and one from gang violence. First one group would be showcased, then the other, then both, with Dillard and the DJ competing as well. The stage is set with wooden boxes and street prop-paraphernalia, and the DJ has a few recording-playing devices amidst the dust and dirt. This dance was decidedly disappointing and a downer as a closer.

Angel Corella and Carmen Corella
Courtesy of Rosalie O'Connor

Daniel Proietto
Courtesy of Hugo Glendinning

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