I shouldn’t be the only poster to make a fool of themselves writing about bats when the ballet was apparently about bees...
Ha! Since I'd read the program article on Pite basing the ballet on bees, I'm afraid I didn't see bats. When the women were en pointe in a cluster moving around the stage, the sound of their toes was like bees buzzing or insect wings flapping.
I found Emergence absolutely mesmerizing and it was definitely the highlight of the mixed programme. The woman beside me deemed it "too creepy," but I wished I could press rewind and watch it all over again right away. I loved everything about it, from the set to the music to the whispered counting. It was certainly creepy, but in a very cool way, IMO. Speaking as a younger ballet fan, this is the kind of thing that will keep me coming back for more. Considering how quickly some other pieces have come back into the repertoire, I hope to see it in the 2010/11 season.
The first piece was very enjoyable, and I quite liked the costumes and simple, yet elegant and effective set design. It was very pleasant, but nothing to write home about, and didn't wow me like Emergence did. I did really enjoy seeing Elena Lobsanova and Noah Long shine, though.
I'm afraid I wasn't moved by Sabrina Matthews' piece, and I'm surprised that it got the final slot. I suppose that's worked out quite far in advance, or I would have switched Pite and Matthews' ballets after the dress rehearsal! The choir and singers were great and I always enjoy Vivaldi, but the set design and colours were just so dreary! Why they put the dancers in such blah costumes is beyond me. The dancers were very good, of course, but as a whole the ballet fell flat. It just seemed to end without a grand finale; I was surprised when I saw the curtain coming down. So I was sorry the mixed programme ended with a whimper and not a bang, but c'est la vie.
I've never seen R&J, and I'm treating myself to an orchestra seat (I usually do rush tickets) for Nehemiah Kish's return. He was so magical in Cinderella, and I'm looking forward to seeing him again.
Also, there's a great article about Jason Reilly in the Star