Excerpts from Elliot Caplan's film, "15 Days of Dance"
Brian Reeder and American Ballet Theatre II
Large Auditorium, East Building, National Gallery of Art
January 3 & 31, 2010
by George Jackson
copyright 2010 by George Jackson
Oblivion after a season or two is still the fate of most choreography, even of some masterpieces. In view of this, Elliot Caplan's act of filming all the rehearsals of a new ballet being made for a junior company can be called many things - from heroic and wise to incredible and extravagant and on to awful epithets. The facts, though, are these: Caplan captured more than 18 hours of American Ballet Theatre's apprentice company learning Brian Reeder's "Ghost Light". The new ballet uses Aaron Copland's 1925 score "Music for the Theatre" and evokes the vaudeville hoofers of the early 20th Century. Filming took place while the company was in residence in Buffalo, NY. About 4 hours of the total result were shown at two different National Gallery sessions, each followed by a discussion which critic Ann Murphy led. Seeing more of the footage and hearing additional conversation should be worthwhile for there was something new to learn throughout each of these two 2.5 hour events.