For the excellent solo couples, Tippet supplies an extra treat: lifts the likes of which you are not likely to see anywhere else — straight up, in a curl, over the shoulder and every other kind imaginable. Maykel Solas, Maximo Califano, Kovitch and Moreno did the work while Junna Ige, Amy Marie Briones, Meijer and Mirai Noda soared and smiled womens ballet shoes uk online. According to the program notes, Stanton Welch’s “Clear” (2001), set to excerpts from Bach violin concertos, was partly influenced by that year’s 9/11 terrorist attacks, but to me that influence was not apparent. “Clear” is mostly an homage to male dancing, though Welch, apparently as an afterthought, introduced a female figure to represent Love. Danced in this program by the gorgeous, pliant Alexsandra Meijer, she weaves in and out of the proceedings and ultimately comforts the protagonist, though the “story” of clear never really came together for me..
As a showcase of powerful male dancing, however, “Clear” works well enough. It is set (primarily) on seven men whose skin-color tights showcase their physiques beautifully. There is a ceremonial quality to the measured walks and framed poses, which give “Clear” a sense of timelessness. I kept thinking of Chinese terracotta warriors. Dancing the central role, perhaps as an Everyman figure, Jeremy Kovitch attacks the bravura choreography — whiplash turns, high leaps and fast trajectories — with courage and gusto. An oddly disconnected duet for the lanky Damir Emric and apprentice Joshua Seibel is noteworthy for Seibel’s elegance and refinement. He is a dancer to watch womens ballet shoes uk online.
Thursday in an uneven but important all-Balanchine program from San Francisco Ballet at War Memorial Opera House, “The Four Temperaments,” from 1946, rose above the other two works to once again reveal that, performed well, Balanchine’s dances are sublime studies of beauty, spiritual longing and poise. This one, in particular, feels like a medieval passion play yanked into the 20th century. It is aerodynamic, cheeky and austere. Dedicated to the four medieval humors of the body (melancholic, sanguine, phlegmatic and choleric), and set to a demanding score by composer Paul Hindemith, “Four Temperaments” combines technical prowess with vernacular movement like Lindy hop, hoofing and Apache dancing. If that weren’t enough, it inserts elements of early German modern dance into the work alongside fiercely crisp classical leaps, turns and beats womens ballet shoes uk online.
It also calls for a lanky species of dancers: Legs have to operate like can openers while supple enough to turn bodies inside out, thrust pelvises forward menacingly and lunge with the swiftness of big cats. Without fail, this group triumphed, including corps members Kimberly Braylock, Jennifer Stahl, WaTing Zhao, Quin Wharton and Daniel Deivison. The soloists, meanwhile, performed like lords of their universes womens ballet shoes uk online. Taras Domitro as Melancholic moved like melting glass — heavy, molten and translucent. Sarah Van Patten as Sanguinic was an implacable goddess by way of some upper class nightclub, and Tiit Helmits was her devoted young god. Sofiane Sylvie brought dense, daunting geometry to Choleric, giving anger palpable mass and form, while Vito Mazzeo as Phlegmatic floated and drooped like ambivalence itself..
“Divertimento No. 15” and “Scotch Symphony” prepared us for this particularly astringent modernism by cooking 19th- century classicism down to its fundamentals. “Divertimento” was buoyed by Mozart’s glorious chamber music of the same name, and it sparkled and soared with courtly beauty as the dance was meant to sublimely entertain us with the architectural refinement of classical ballet. But as thunderstorms raged outside the theater, the orchestra’s pitch faltered and the dancers struggled with the paradox of secure technique mixed with movement torques that require that form be loosened. Only Gennadi Nedvigin seemed wholly unfazed among the men, with his unflagging technique letting him soar and pause with wit. Among the women, Vanessa Zahorian and Frances Chung, with their long legs, freed themselves to devour space and cheekily shoot off turns. The rest of the cast looked insecure womens ballet shoes uk online.