The ballet talent of Boston is not that well-known, but it should be. If you come to look at it, the Boston Ballet truly excelled considering the works by Jorma Elo, George Balachine, and Vaslav Nijinsky. The highlight of the programme was Balachine’s serenade, which was actually the opening act of the programme. For Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, the ballet dancers wear ankle length tutus and formed a beautiful pattern with the shadow like pale blue tulle that lingers behind every movement.
The ballet centres on the joy of movement and the company was very successful in portraying the joy associated with ballet movement, especially with the sprightly jumps, incredible quick spins, and vivacious quality of movement by Misa Kuranaga. In 1912, Nijinsky’s Afternoon of a Faun was premièred and the choreography of this latest production centres on creating striking shapes and definite undertones. The company featured Altan Dgaraa, who made a compelling and powerful Faun.
The Elo’s Plan to B is a modern work from 2004 and the choreography had more emphasis on rippling and swirling movements and a gradual increase in pace. It is characterised more by an unexpected and sudden ending. The choreography of this one is not as innovate as the other contemporary works but is definitely worth watching, especially when performed by Boston Ballet dancers.
The Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements was the weakest work that night. It seemed like they rushed the choreography and the steps were repetitive. Furthermore, the stage looked overcrowded and the dancers were actually performing conflicting movements.
However, a lady sitting right next to us said that this was actually the first quadruple bill she had ever seen and she liked the whole works. The general consensus was, however, that the works were exceptional except for the last one. The Boston Ballet is actually one of the best performing ballet groups and their brief tour of the UK was much enjoyed by both ballet fans and aficionados.