Chamber Ballet Project
Choreography by Diane Coburn Bruning
and by Jorge Amarante
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
June 26, 2014
by George Jackson
copyright 2014 by George Jackson
With a repertory for small casts – at most six dancers and a quartet of string players – this new group is aptly named. The dancing is definitely ballet – 21st Century ballet including some pointe work for the women. There is none of the high density of motion, the crowding of steps, or even the stylistic dilution that frequently typifies “contemporary” dance. When incorporating other types of movement such as expressive behavior or tangoing into a piece, the company’s balletic look is not obliterated. Dancers and musicians shared the Terrace’s small stage without cramping each other, helped by Maja E. White’s intelligent lighting. Although most of the performers were appearing together for the first time, they were experienced individuals: Chamber Ballet’s debut had polish.