"Gravity", "The Other Woman", "Voicelessness", "Friction", "Mozart Trio"
New Chamber Ballet
City Center, Studio 5
New York, NY
November 20, 2015
by Mary Cargill
copyright © 2015 by Mary Cargill
Miro Magloire's New Chamber Ballet, a group of six female dancers and two musicians, performed five works (two premieres) in City Center's intimate Studio 5. The space is untheatrical--no curtain, no wings and no lighting, with the audience sharing the space sitting on folding chairs. But this just goes to show that any performance space can draw an audience in, and the evening had a casual elegance, as if the audience members were guests at a private party. The dancers, all ballet trained, though Magloire rarely uses classical steps, move with a combination of fluidity and strength; the choreographer uses complex partnering, which, without men, creates an equal push and pull dynamic.
Elizabeth Brown and Cassidy Hall in "Gravity". Photo © Amber Neff.