BWW Review: American Ballet Theatre Studio Company and The Royal Ballet School Share the Stage
On February 10th and 11th the ABT Studio Company (formerly ABT ll), under the artistic direction of Kate Lydon, and graduate students of London's RBS met at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts to give three performances of classical and new classical repertory. The shared performances are part of a unique exchange, which began in 2003, between the ABT Studio Company and The Royal Ballet School. On alternate years, they perform in NYC, while on alternate years, they perform in London. I attended the opening night performance, February 10, 2017.
Students of RBS opened the evening with excerpts from Frederick Ashton's Birthday Offering, to music by Alexander Glazounov. Colorful costumes by Andre Levasseur, courtesy of American Ballet Theatre, were matched by the colorful excitement of the dancers. Ah, the enthusiasm of young talent!
Kabalevsky Violin Concerto (NYC premiere), choreographed by ABT principal dancer, Marcelo Gomes was beautifully performed by four dancers of ABT Studio Company, to Concerto for violin in C major, Op48, by Dimitri Kabalevsky. There was a natural flow throughout the three movements. The First Movement was danced by the perky Zimmy Coker and Luigi Crispino, who appeared well suited to the bright spirit of the pas de deux. The Second Movement was danced by the joyful and passionate Meghan Lynch and her attentive partner, Jarod Curley. From the opening pose and throughout this movement there was passion and professionalism. In the Third Movement, the four dancers danced together, grouped in various ways. This work was well done and well received.
Five young men, graduates of the RBS performed Concerto Grosso, choreography by Helgi Tomasson (artistic director of the San Francisco Ballet), to music by Francesco Geminiani, La Follia (after Corelli). Their unity was good, although I could see some of them still striving for technique. The dancer in red was very self-assured, while the dancer in Olive Green, too, demonstrated self-confidence, which is attractive.