Fall For Dance Program #4
October 26, 2021
Now in its second week of programming, Fall For Dance retains its popularity with audiences. Program #4 drew performances from ballet, modern dance and swing dance. Unable to perform, Lil'l Buck, a jookin' favorite was replaced by Caleb Teicher's exhuberantly bouncy piece to an excerpt from Meet Ella.
Lar Lubovitch, a master builder of classically based modern dance invited two much watched young male ballet dancers from NYC Ballet, Adrian Daching-Waring and Joseph Gordon to embody City Center's newly commissioned ballet entitled Each In His Own Time. Both men exude clean, classical lines allowing movements to be startling visible. An intuitively lyrical choreographer, Lubovitch locates the melody inside the bodies.
A nonstop duet to a score by Johannes Brahms the dancers wove their arms in loops around each other's bodies, and overhead -- reminiscent of the Olympic loops. Dressed in white loose shirts and pants, long arabesques pulled into rippling turns unfolding into supported lifts. A constant flow of motion, one can only hope this duet makes its way into the NYC Ballet rep.
Projecting an urban mentality and sensuality, BalletX returned with Matthew Neenan's wistful piece Mapping Out A Sky set to the orchestral music of Stephen Sondheim. Bluish splashes color the thigh-high cut leotards suggesting a timeless theme. Lines of bodies rippled in succession, rolling forward and sideways with the precision of the Rockettes. While solo or duets broke away from the wave of connected humans, the dancers cut a sharp silhouette of sleek bodies against the never-ending flow of motion.
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY ----- Celia Ipiotis