To Sir Frederick Ashton’s fast footwork and musicality belongs the Australian Ballet’s double bill “The Dream” and “Marguerite & Armand.” To the charming misadventure distillation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream bubbles “The Dream.” To the legend of Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, dovetails Amy Harris’s Marguerite, in Harris’s last stage role before her retirement. After 22-years with the company, Harris bids farewell in a delicious camellia-bloom, echoing Marguerite’s own departure (thankfully for altogether different reasons; Harris is retiring from the stage, whereas her character Marguerite is dying of tuberculous).FREE ARTICLE
Jacqulyn Buglisi is not one to shy away from big ideas. For the thirtieth season of the company founded by four of the last generation to have worked directly with Martha Graham, Buglisi takes on human rights, world peace, forbidden love, and climate crisis in a program of seven works, including three premieres. There’s much to respect in the female-centric work and age-positive artists that Buglisi Dance Theatre presented at Ailey’s Joan Weill Center for Dance. It’s also a lot for a two-hour show.
When a choreographer takes on volcanic and iconic works from American musical giants like Leonard Bernstein and John Adams one move they could take is to cool them down with a couple of more soothing European works in between.Continue Reading