It's only words,
And words are all I have
To take your heart away
(The Bee Gees)
(Or should I say, words are all I have to try and win your heart over to this wonderful group of dancers.)
"If this isn't world-class dancing, I don't know what is."
(Says Rachel Howard in The San Francisco Chronicle about their recent performances in Berkeley, California.)
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c ... =printable
So here's a quick burst of first night enthusiasm, backed up by an instant standing ovation by an almost full house in Detroit.
I find the Miami City Ballet to be absolutely--Lovable.
From my first glimpse of some of the dancers going to the practice barre, to my listening to Edward Villella's expression of his love of his art and of his dancers at a pre-dance discussion, to the actual performances, I felt a loving gentle presence.
It's like your favorite kids on the block got together to dance, except these dancers in my mind are world class. They are very, very good !
As soon as I knew that the MCB would be in Detroit for three performances I started following it's new season on the internet. It's all been praise. Alastair Macaulay from The New York Times has already been to Florida and California writing about how wonderful he thinks that they are. I agree with all this completely.
I have never seen the MCB before. I was looking for the Stars that I had just learned about--Jennifer Kronenberg, Mary Carmen Catoya and others. I found them and they are excellent, but I also found a wonderful blending of Everyone. Among the women there seemed to be little Natalia Osipova-Evgenia Obraztsova (Bolshoi-Kirov) bundles of radiance Everywhere.
The dancing is as clean as can be. The corps of women is wonderfully together. The mood is distinctly MCB--one of gentleness and unforced but complete competence.
They are performing Raymonda Variations, Agon and In The Upper Room.
I hope to be able to tell you more.
[typo errors corrected]