The finale of a “Very British” season performed by the Bavarian State Ballet turned out to be a very interesting evening. In an extremely ironic development, the ballet corps lost all three of the knife throwers in ‘The Girl and the Knife Thrower’ to injury, so that performance was scrapped for the final event and replaced with three short pieces.
The first one featured Isabelle Severs in a solo performance of excerpts from her career, followed by two other presentations featuring some of the Junior Ballet’s young dancers. Neither was very stirring except for the presence of the energetic and engaging Shawn Throop.
‘Las Hermanas’ made an excellent showcase for the talents of its main characters, with musical background provided by Frank Martin’s moody Harpsichord Concerto and a stage set by Nico Giorgiadis to match. In this tale of a house of women and the dark, destructive emotions in play between them, all three sisters had a great opportunity to shine.
Ilana Warner threw herself into her role as the youngest sister in an affair with her elder sister’s fiance, while Severine Ferrolier gave an equally convincing performance as the one betrothed but not excited at the prospect of her fiance’s sexuality. Roberta Fernandes gave perhaps the best performance as the middle sister, frustrated in her own sexuality and taking it out on her sisters in spiteful behavior, clearly exhibited in her body language.
The evening concluded with a scintillating performance by Daniel Prioetto in ‘After Light’, the Nijinsky honorarium by Russell Maliphant. Prioetto spins and swoops and pauses in his introspective portrayal of the schizophrenic artist with a dazzling mixture of movement and hesitation, a powerful finale to the season of tribute to British dance.