|| The Examiner
|| May 14, 2012
|| Charlene Peters
Three works, all spectacular. You couldn't ask for more from the Boston Ballet Company, whose last program, "Fancy Free," ends the 2011/2012 season, and sets the barre quite high for the 2012/2013 season.
The program begins with "Barber Violin Concerto," in which Lia Cirio, a familiar face to many, heads the story of two couples that change partners in a contradiction of classic to contemporary dance. Sylvia Deaton enters in a buzz --- literally, like a bee -- her small stature with hair down and high energy creates an irritation to both Pavel Gurevich and Yury Yanowsky with her constant in-your-face moves to get their attention. At one point she even flits her arm between the legs of her leading man, adding more humor to the already humorous piece choreographed by New YorkCity Ballet's Ballet Master in Chief, Peter Martins.
Next is the performance everyone has waited for: "Fancy Free," of which Gene Kelly's "On the Town" was adapted. The style of the dance is definitely Gene Kelly-esque, and the audience is thoroughly entertained by the story of three sailors who are out onthe town for an evening. Starting at the bar, they swig beer and watch for the ladies, who enter the picture to add drama when only two out of three sailors are matched up. As you can guess, competition ensues and the plot is obvious, but the fun is in watching these dance moves.
Finally, "Etudes" closes the show. Harold Lander's famous work choreographed for the Royal Danish Ballet in 1948 is atribute to the essence of ballet. This was unique in that the lighting was only shown on the thighs down of the dancers who synchronized their legs in a barre number. The effect works.
Catch the final Boston Ballet Companyperformance before the end of the 2011/2012 season that ends May 20. Visit www.BostonBallet.org to get your tickets today!