'Miller's Daughter' is poetry in motion
By MOLLY GLENTZER
Copyright 2003 Houston Chronicle
Romantic music, poetry and magical realism are a potent mix in Dominic Walsh's first contemporary story ballet, The Miller's Daughter. The compelling 40-minute work premiered Nov. 6 at the Wortham Theater Center, along with Aymon Aaron Harper's intriguing Bed Fears, Dream Piles.
Dominic Walsh Dance Theater is not officially Houston Ballet's experimental satellite company, but it could be. Eleven of the 14 performers, including Walsh, are with the troupe; another is a former soloist. On this occasion, they did the mother company proud.
The Miller's Daughter was exceptionally well-conceived and executed, danced with passion and utter commitment. The music, performed onstage by pianist Katherine Burkwall-Ciscon, cellist Barrett Sills and tenor Stephen Young, helped create an ethereal atmosphere. It was almost too quiet -- probably because the musicians were so far upstage. And I was distracted by constant camera shutter-clicks somewhere in the theater. click for more