What better way to spend the 4 July than with Americans? Americans bring a zest to ballet. I first noticed it as a young graduate student when I saw New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center. I saw it again when American Ballet Theatre brought Cynthia Gregory and Carla Fracci to Covent Garden as America's gift to the silver jubilee celebrations of 1977. Such zest almost exploded when the Dance Theatre of Harlem came over. There are magnificent companies in Russia, Denmark and, of course, our own country but none of them have excited me as much as those Americans.
On Thursday I experienced excitement again when I saw Boston Ballet at the Coliseum. They danced a quadruple bill:
- Balanchine's Serenade
- Nijinsky's L'après-midi d'un faune
- Jorma Elo's Plan 2 B, and
- Balanchine's Symphony in Three Movements.
|Balanchine crater Source Meesenger|
|Leon Bakst's stage setting for Faune|
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