As promised, a short word on Joffrey's Valentine performance, "From Joffrey with Love", a benefit for the United Foundation for Aids.
Here's the nitty-gritty:
Chor: Laura Dean
Music: John Zeretzke
Dancers (There were a lot!)
Nicole Marie Duffy, Jennifer Goodman, Stacy Joy Kellar,Catalina Garza, Trinity Hamilton, Deanne Brown, Tracey Julias, Suzanne Lopez, Michael Levine, Michael Anderson, Guoping Wang, Christopher Fellows, Sam Franke, Brian McSween, Jerimiah O'Connor, Patrick Simonello.
This was a lovely opener, particularly on Valentines Day. The costumes were all red body suit type deals and really caught the eye. This was a piece about patterns and flowing movement. Not much depth, but just very pleasant entertainment. Joffrey seems to excell at multiple body types just dancing their brains out.
Chor: Arpino (debuted 1962)
Music Maurice Ravel
Dancers: Maia Wilkins & Davis Robertson.
I really did not care for this piece, but I guess you need a pdd on a Valentine program. It was very well danced, but it was just two moody.
Chor: David Parson
Music: Robert Fripp
Danced by Taryn Kascock
I am sure that many on this board have seen Parsons himself perform this piece as I have, but this is always a crowd pleaser. I would not be totally honest if I said that something was missed by having a 5'6'' woman dancing instead of the 6'5'' Parson, but had I not had the image of Mr. Parsons, I would simply say: cool concept, strong dancer and good for you Joffrey to have this in your rep.
The closing number was the one with the biggest divergence of opinions.
Trinity(Revival) is a kitchy piece to some and a dated relic to others. Set to 70's music (it debuted in Berkley 1970) it had bright costumes from hot pink/bright yellow to orange and green combos.
I'm not going to go bit by bit, but I really enjoyed the piece. Unfortunately the men were not as strong as I would have expected and except for on or two (whom I don't know there names due to lack of deliniation in the program notes), they did not get the difference between the campy parts and the balletic parts. It's a fun closer to me but some thought there should have been a more challenging technical piece to show off the company better.
All in all it was a nice evening of dance and as I sat in the audience with some of the dancers of Maximum Dance, we look forward to the day when we have thirty dancers instead of 10 - 12 we currently do. The options certainly open up.
Cheers! I'm off to see Trockadero!
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