Miccolis and Benedikt’s Evening for Humanity
Millennium Stage North
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
July 22, 2014
by George Jackson
copyright 2014 by George Jackson
Mimmo Miccolis from Italy and Gloria Benedikt from Austria met in a Washington, DC ballet class last fall and started talking, especially about their beliefs. For this program they spoke to the audience about engaged art and presented two examples. A winning, Children of Paradise innocence emenated from the two speakers. From the examples one could tell that they had done much work as producers. Five local dancers had been engaged in addition to themselves. Commissioned music, some of it live, was involved. Video supplemented the stage action during the second piece. Technically, the production clicked except for the video projection of video. How convincing, though, were Miccolis and Benedikt as choreographers?