BWW Reviews: Ailey II Shines in Three World Premieres
Running through April 13th at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Ailey II's All New program presents the company's outstanding young dancers in three new works by rising choreographers. The program is an awe-inspiring combination of technical precision, subtle emotion, and joyful energy. The clarity of the choreographers' visions and the versatility of the 12 Ailey II dancers allow each piece to be seen as a unique statement with an atmosphere all it's own.
With a rumbling electronic score by Raime and sleek dark costumes, Adam Barruch's Alchemies could seem purely abstract and metallic if not for the velvet finish on the dancer's movements. This extreme sensitivity is the magic that makes it possible to believe that the individuals on stage really can transform their substance at will. It is a pleasure to be drawn into this hazy world where Mr. Barruch has brought his fluent, complex vision to life. The dancers melt and stretch through a mesmerizing structure filled with rippling arms, liquid torsos, and constantly shifting patterns. Formations, limbs, and glances slide over and through one another as the dancers relate to one another as separate portions of the same abstract material.
Cuore Sott'olio ("heart submerged in oil"), choreographed by Katarzyna Skarpetowska, begins with fog and a familiar low electronic hum. As they weave around each other in a misty pool of light, seven dancers exhibit once again their knack for creating and maintaining subtle textures. This softness is not the elegant liquid of Alchemies, but an echoless float. In colorful dresses and pants, the dancers adjust to one another harmoniously while maintaining their individual integrity.