I was there last night as well. It was fun to see the dancers not dancing that night all dressed up. I spotted Nicolas Blanc, James Sofranko, Garrett Anderson, and Davitt Karapetyan. During intermissions I saw Joanna Berman, Julia Adam, Christopher Stowell, Margaret Jenkins, and Val Caniparoli.
I loved Yuri's Fusion
. What a way to open the festival. It was so different from his past pieces. The music was in a jazz vein with some Middle Eastern mixed in. The Corps Men in the Whirling Dervish-like outfits made it really visually stunning. The choreography in the second movement for Damian and Yuan Yuan was some of the best I've seen - some of the push-pull between the Corps Men and each other. Dare I say it's Yuri's best work yet. I found the music for the first movement online and I may just have to buy it.
I also enjoyed Wheeldon's Within the Golden Hour
. I thought it was a nice mix of neo-classical and modern movements.
While I appreciated Paul Taylor's Changes
, I think I need another look. I love The Mamas and the Papas, but maybe because the songs (for the most part) were unfamiliar to me I couldn't really grasp it. I can tell the woman next to me did not like it because she didn't even applaud. I will say that the dancers (all corps members. Soloist Mateo Klemmayer was supposed to dance but a casting change was posted at the entrance. He was replaced by Daniel Devison. I have to agree with Saratoga on this:
The closer was Paul Taylor's Changes.... Courtney Elizabeth was the energetic lead, but I think Pauli Magierek was the star.
I forgot the song but she was dancing with (IIRC) Luke Willis, Anthony Spaulding, Aaron Orza, and Diego Cruz.
Pauli is also dancing the lead in Margaret Jenkins piece and is also dancing in another new work I can't remember. With her strong work this season could she be promoted to Soloist??? (Gosh, I hope I didn't just jinx her....)
Anyhow, I'll be there tonight. I'm excited about all the pieces, but am most looking forward to Mark Morris's Joyride
and really curious about Julia Adam's take on Sleeping Beauty to Goldberg Variations (A rose by any other name
). Then there's Yuan Yuan in heels for James Kudelka's piece with the most intriguing title (The Ruins Proclaim the Building was Beautiful
). Stanton Welch has the simply provactively titled Naked