"La Valse", "Monumentum pro Gesualdo",
"Movements for Orchestra", "Theme and Variations"
Sunday, 5 June 2011
by Helene Kaplan
copyright 2011 by Helene Kaplan
The season closing all-Balanchine program at Ballet Arizona is an opportunity to compare revivals to past performance, new additions to revivals, and stylistic differences and similarities among the ballets. This year's program shows the company at its strongest, taking on the technical challenges with ease and authority, but, more importantly, presenting each ballet on its own terms, from the dynamism of "La Valse" to the gentle neoclassicism of "Monumentum pro Gesualdo", the quirkiness and wit of "Movements for Orchestra", and the majesty of "Theme and Variations" by often overlapping casts.