“Swan Lake”, “Monumentum & Movements”,
“Allegro Brillante”, “The Concert”
The Suzanne Farrell Ballet
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
November 28, 2014
by George Jackson
© 2014 by George Jackson
Amazing that the dancers, performing together in front of an audience for only one weekend this season, could make each of the four or five ballets (depending on whether you count “M & M” as one or two pieces) look distinct. Crucial choreographic differences were clearly visible, even on opening night. What was achieved against all odds deserves the investment of more time together by artistic director Suzanne Farrell and her cast of 38 or so. As things stood, the men's group was an odd assortment of body statures and technical types. It should have shown more cohesion. Among the soloists, women and men, was there a single one who scattered enough stardust? Still, every ballet had value and “The Concert”, the comic last one, left the audience in high spirits. In the first ballet, “Swan Lake”, it was the prop swans, not the human ones, that gave the evening an awkward start.
The Suzanne Farrell Ballet's Michael Cook and Natalia Magnicballi in George Balanchine's "Swan Lake." Photo by Rosalie O'Connor.