American Ballet Theatre
“Les Sylphides”, “Aftereffect”, “The Dream”
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
April 15, 2014
by George Jackson
copyright 2014 by George Jackson
On opening night of American Ballet Theatre’s annual season here, the women of the corps de ballet knew precisely who they were supposed to be. As sylphs in Michel Fokine’s reverie, they seemed as calm and collected as dandelion seeds sailing in a gentle breeze. As the fairy beings in Frederick Ashton’s turbulent Shakespearian dream, it was with agitation and keen awareness that they responded to some very human situations. Not so the men’s group in Marcelo Gomes’s silly “Aftereffect”. Were those guys supposed to be funny or sympathetic?