“Allegro Brillante”, “Seven Sonatas”, “Nine Sinatra Songs”
The Washington Ballet
April 27, 2017
by George Jackson
copyright © 2017 by George Jackson
Questions kept nagging while watching the three ballets. Under new leadership since the start of the 2016/17 season, has The Washington Ballet’s character changed? Isn’t it playing it too safe to have a whole program of pieces already known? How does the current performance of these works stack up against those from the past? Answers to these questions provided intermission chatter on the “official” opening night of this set of 7 performances (April 26 -30). The opening’s highlight was “Seven Sonatas” by Alexei Ratmansky to the music of Domenico Scarlatti.
Photo: Gian Carlo Perez, Sona Kharatian, Corey Landolt, Maki Onuki, Jonathan Jordan and Venus Villa in Ratmansky's "Seven Sonatas." Photo by Theo Kossenas.