BWW Reviews: Tom Gold Dance Company

BWW Reviews: Tom Gold Dance Company

Tom Gold was one of my favorite dancers when he was a soloist with New York City Ballet. You never expected anything but the very best when he was on stage, and I always got it. After leaving the company in 2007 he founded his own company, Tom Gold Dance, which I attended on Thursday, March 8.

The performance put me in a dilemma, because I wanted so much to enjoy it, but instead came away disappointed. Since I had not seen Mr. Gold's company before, which consists of dancers from other companies in the New York area, I was hoping to be enlightened and entertained, as Mr. Gold had done in his performing career. So what can you say about a respected artist?

As a dancer, one absorbs the ways of his company and the choreographers he's worked with. Those who have a desire to choreograph may wish to express something in a "new" way, to spread wings and to grow. Some may approach the art in a way learned from his predecessor(s), perhaps thinking that he is well equipped to do the same. This second scenario may be dangerous in that the special, individual "je ne sait quoi" of the former is lost, if not replaced, by an equally special "je ne sait quoi" of the present choreographer.

This is exactly Mr. Gold's problem. The choreography, in general, had no ebbs and flows or highs or lows. It seemed stymied, unable to decide just which way it wanted to go. Clearly Mr. Gold knows his ballet vocabulary, but could not infuse it with anything new.

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