© 2017 by George Jackson
Tiler & Tyler were wearing simple practice black for their second number, so the costuming provided no clue. Balanchine “black and white” it certainly wasn’t as the two presented diverse body planes and angles to each other. Underlying their phrasing and the give and take of touching and folding there seemed to be a continuous, lyric linearity. That didn’t seem characteristic for any NYCB associated choreographer other than Christopher Wheeldon, and his “This Bitter Earth” it turned out to be.
Responding to the quiz was subsidiary fun to relishing the dancing. Peck was in sparkling form for “The Man I Love” duo and the “Fascinatin’ Rhythm” solo from “Who Cares?” and for the Wheeldon duo. Angle restricted himself to doing partnering yet provided a fulsome presence. Rushing almost convinced me that the first piece of choreography he tackled was, after all, worthwhile. And, in what turned out to be by Ailey, he really achieved a compelling fusion of modern dance drive and balletic composure. Trusnovec projected his out-of-luck character’s urgency and immediate need while suggesting two pasts – his character’s once heroic life and his own dancing when still quite young.
Tyler Angle and Tiler Peck. Photo by Teresa Wood.
Michael Trusnovec and Christopher Jackson. Photo by Teresa Wood.