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
Garth Fagan Dance should be required viewing for the human race! Yes, that’s a brash statement, but the troupe is joy made palpable, with 15 dancers bringing it all on in a six-part program seen over the weekend: Virtuosity, stamina and love of life, not to mention technique to burn, are the hallmarks of this extraordinary group—attributes much needed in today’s dark world.
Garth Fagan Dance perform ““Geoffrey Holder Life Fete…Bacchanal.” Photograph by Erich Camping
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