"Concerto", "In Twilight", "Duet from The Other", "The Edge"
The Ailey Citigroup Theater
New York, NY
November 19, 2011
by Mary Cargill
copyright © 2011 by Mary Cargill
Ballet NY, the newish name for the Judith Fugate/Medhi Bahiri company formerly known as Dance Galaxy, gave a brief New York season in the Ailey Theater. The company looked very good--engaged, well-rehearsed, and open-hearted. The main draw was a selection from the rarely seen "The Other", Agnes de Mille's final ballet, but the other three works, by director Medhi Bahiri, showed off the dancers very well. The program opened with "Concerto", to music by Bach. The work was definitely influenced by Balanchine's majestic "Concerto Barocco"--many steps and poses were familiar. It by no means rivaled that most perfect work, and the adagio movement for three couples was too fussy to capture the piercing simplicity of the music, but Bahiri used the ballet vocabulary well, with lots of little steps and quick transitions.