VALENTINA KOZLOVA DANCE CONSERVATORY STUDIO COMPANY
June 6, 2022
The Valentina Koslova Dance Conservatory’s Studio Company premiere
took place at Symphony Space last Saturday night. A fledgling group of
committed dancers between the ages of 15-19, danced several
classical excerpts and one contemporary piece by Koslova herself.
The evening began with a short excerpt of the rare, recently revived
Petipa ballet Ruslan and Ludmila based on the 19th century Pushkin
poem. Costumed in pretty blue-green long chiffon dresses and tiaras,
some jitters and shyness were evident in some of the young corps de
ballet dancers, as they warmed up to being onstage. The soloists
danced with assurance and Courtney St. Cloud’s circle of jumps was
impressively buoyant in this excerpt reminiscent of Ondine and Les
Sylphides all in one.
The classical excerpts showed the different personalities and levels of
the dancers. Emma Tatum was charming in the Walpurgis and Fille
excerpts, and Jullian Schubert danced a technically assured Black Swan
variation. Mary Elsener and Albert Davydov danced the first act Don Q pas de
deux with pizazz but needed more technical precision while The Napoli excerpt should have more stylistic clarity.
Guillaume’s energetic presence and technically strong variation in the
classical Graduation Pas de Deux complemented his strong partnering
of the tall and delicate Katherine St. Jean.
Kozlova’s choreography Overcome,
created twenty years ago in the wake of 9/11 wrapped up the evening. Revival of the piece
included assistance from alumna Lyla Medeiros, whose mother
designed the costumes. The bouncy, sleeveless black dresses moved
nicely with the sharp gestures and moving, emotional solos to uplifting
gospel music. It was a joyful way to end the program.
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY -- Nicole Duffy