New York City Ballet Presents its Here and Now Festival
New York City Ballet continues to include new choreographies in its repertoire, billed this season as the Here and Now Festival. On May 12, 2017 NYCB performed four newer works created in 1994, 1998, 2006, and a world premiere.
The 1994 piece was Chiaroscuro, The Play of Light and Shadow, choreographed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett to music by Francesco Geminiani, edited by Walter Kolneder after Arcangello Corelli's Op.5, No. 12 [Concerto Grosso La Follia], a beautiful score. The variety of gray colored costumes were by Holly Hynes. The lighting by Mark Stanley contributed to the illusion of three dimensions, referred to by "Play of light and shadow". The six dancers: Andrew Veyette, Lauren, King, Ashley Laracey, Brittany Pollack, Justin Peck, and Giovanni Villalobos demonstrated true Balanchine style, although they were dancing Corbett's modern approach. I'd have liked to see smoother flow through the movements, as a result.
The jewel of the evening was the 2006 Slice to Sharp, by Jorma Elo, the resident choreographer of the Boston Ballet. This ballet, to music of Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber and Antonio Vivaldi, with two solo violinists, Arturo Delmoni and Nicolas Danielson, opened with fascinating patterns and off-center partnered turns created by couples of beautiful dancers. Ashley Bouder, Maria Kowroski, Rebecca Krohn, Teresa Reichlen, Joaquin De Luz, Gonzalo Garcia, Russell Janzen, and Taylor Stanley added depth of character to this work of non-stop movement. The costumes were grey-violet leotards for the women and tights for the men, by Holly Hynes. Flow and exquisite technique were evident throughout, with exciting patterns emerging from other patterns. Strong performances from all the dancers were crowned by the beauty of Kowroski and Krohn and the magnetism of De Luz. Energy abounds.