Ballet Biarritz finds fresh approach to well-known works
Troupe blends old, new. By MARGARET PUTNAM / The Dallas Morning News
Nary a toe shoe appeared in the TITAS premiere of Ballet Biarritz on Friday at McFarlin Auditorium. Not that they were missed. The French company bounded through playful retakes of three famous ballets, before ending with a riveting new work. Ballet never looked so silky smooth. Artistic director Thierry Malandain was responsible for all.
The old works came from the era of Les Ballets Russes de Serge Diaghilev. Mr. Malandain explained, "I sort of play around with them." That he did.
All three offered bare, white sets, everyday dress and ballet slippers, for a very contemporary feel. While originally created in 1920 by Léonide Massine with sets by Picasso, Pulcinella still relied on the commedia dell'arte atmosphere. Episodic and scattered, it was charming in a naughty way. There was much jostling, flirting, groping, fighting, a fake death, and at the end, a happy romp with all the characters coupled. click for more