BWW Reviews: Ballet West Closes 50th Anniversary Season with INNOVATIONS
Ballet West closes its' 50th anniversary season with their annual production of Innovations, a program thought up by Artistic Director Adam Sklute 7 years ago. Innovations is a concept that allows choreographers to try out new material and give all the artists of Ballet West an opportunity to create and experiment with new works.
This year's Innovations showcases 5 choreographers who have each taken a concept and made it completely their own. The first, The Sixth Beauty, choreographed by Matthew Neenan, is a piece regarding "reflection from one's past." Mr. Neenan says it is about "the dysfunctional and bombastic episodes transcending into more harmonious and inviting intimacy." It is a piece that is conveys just that: beautiful and harmonious in its' choreography and execution.
The second piece, Paths, is choreographed by Ballet West dancer, Christopher Anderson. Mr. Anderson added an interesting element into his work, asking for volunteers from the audience to participate in his piece to dance behind the company members. Although, this did make for an interesting effect, it was slightly distracting to watch, as it was more intriguing to see what the volunteers from the audience were doing, rather then the focus being on the actual dancers and choreography.
The third piece, Inverted Affect, choreographed by Tyler Gunn, was, although an interesting concept, a piece that did not hold any interest. The music was sporadic and headache-inducing, and although it was beautifully danced, it was by far the most forgettable piece of the evening. There was no structure and it was confusing in its' execution, begging the question what was Mr. Gunn trying to accomplish with his piece.