Academy of Music
June 15, 2013
by Leigh Witchel
copyright © 2013 by Leigh Witchel
Pennsylvania Ballet closed their season ambitiously. The company put on a world premiere of a work by choreographer in residence Matthew Neenan, but the real challenges lay in two older works still new to the company: “Forgotten Land” and “Artifact Suite.”
Jiří Kylián created “Forgotten Land” a few years after assuming the mantle of Netherlands Dance Theater, but this dance was made for Stuttgart ballet in 1981. The piece plays out in front of a forbidding landscape; a moody rendering of a seascape before a storm with a glowing breakwater at the horizon.