I saw the touring memebers of NYCB that i mentioned above on saturday evening.
Sebatien Marcovici and Janie Taylor performed the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Marcovici and Jennifer Tinsley did the pas de deux from Chaccone, Jock Soto, Maria Kowroski, Jason Fowler, and Ashley Bouder performed the Barber Violin Concerto, Jock Soto and Kowroski did the pas de deux from Agon, and Fowler and Tinsley did the pas de deux from Stars and Stripes.
I had never seen any of the NYCB dancers nor any of this choreography live before, so it was quite a treat for me! And i might be biased about saying how great everyone was.
Janie Taylor and the Tchaikovsky piece were last minute additions to the program since a student performance of the Black Swan pas de deux was cut due to injury, and you could tell that it was last minute, but they danced beautifully none the less.
Chaconne was favored by the crowd... especially Marcovici's variation. Unfortuantely i dont remember much of this piece. I think the rest of the performance pushed it out of my long term memory.
The Berber Concerto was amazingly done. I had no idea what to expect from it, and i thought it was very powerful. Soto was extremely expressive... almost evil looking. My boyfriend, a ballet layman if there ever was one, was especially impressed by his performance. Kowroski was just gorgeous... she awed me so much I bought her shoes.
(only $25... i hear they're much more expencive up in NYC) Soto's and Kowroski's pas de deux was just amazing... the battle between classical and modern was beautiful. I admit i damn near cried during this dance.
The audience especially enjoyed bouder and fowler's ecstatic pas de deux.
I had his Agon pas de deux on video tape before, but you never catch the energy of it on tape like you do when you're sitting in the third row! Again, Kowroski and Soto were just exquisite.
Now, I worried about the Stars and Stripes pas de deux. Im afraid that Jennifer Tinsley must have hurt herself during her first dance, because she seemed quite in pain all through this piece. In fact, in an early foot-in-hand promenade, i was afraid she wasnt going to make it all the way around, and in the middle during a low volume point in the music, she could be heard gasping loudly from where i was sitting. Her turns suffered. I think Folwer must have been thrown off by this as well, because he didnt hit his jumps quite as cleanly as he had in the earlier pieces.
The Dallas Ballet Center, the school that sponsored this event, plans on bringing back a group of NCYB dancers every fall. I'll be back every year.
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