Mixed Rep, Oct. 14

Paloma’s Final Performance

The Buenos Aires Herald reports on Paloma Herrera’s final performance Sunday:

Paloma’s performance: she was radiant, looked young, unbelievably supple, her technique honed to perfection. Indeed she proved that she is retiring in the fullness of her art.

ABT Premiers New Morris Work

ABT debuted After You, a new Mark Morris work Friday at Bard College. Brian Seibert of The New York Times generally likes the work:

The beauty of the dance, and also much of its gentle wit, arises from the way material introduced by a soloist is taken up and amplified by other members of the 12-person cast. It’s a form of agreement and fellowship, binding everyone into something larger. When the “after you” gesture is adopted by three dancers, the shared door becomes a revolving one, and the dancers weave the courteous flourish into a garland.

There are solos in “After You” but not much hierarchy. Principal dancers mingle freely with colleagues of lower rank, and on Friday, Ms. Murphy’s stellar performance blended in with the excellent work of the corps members Sterling Baca and Calvin Royal III and the soloists Devon Teuscher and Arron Scott. In this way, Mr. Morris’s premiere was a good introduction to Ballet Theater’s upcoming fall season at the David H. Koch Theater, where, in the absence of the guest stars who tend to dominate the troupe’s spring performances at the Metropolitan Opera House, more company members get chances to shine.

Crystal Ballet Website

Check out the Crystal Ballet website for interesting ballet content with a British flavor. The subscription service site is run by former Royal Ballet dancer Henry St Clair and offers a number of benefits for members: access to a ballet video dictionary, online Q&As with dancers and choreographers, behind the scenes videos, unique events, and original content. Original content videos feature dancers such as Steven McRae, Sarah Lamb, Vadim Muntagirov, Alina Cojocaru, and Johan Kobborg.

Crystal Ballet is raising funds for a new ballet choreographed by Will Tuckett, Guest Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet. “He will be creating a mesmerising new work themed around poetry, fusing dance and words in a lyrical work that highlights the beauty and power of both worlds,” according to the website. Check it out.