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
Tucson, Arizona-based choreographer Yvonne Montoya’s latest work, “Stories from Home,” is part history, part geographical homage, and part family scrapbook. Montoya was inspired to create the piece, which is composed of 12 dances that work together to tell eight stories, after her father passed away due to cancer in 2015.
Montoya’s father worked in the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the government facility where the atomic bomb was famously created. “The government ended up paying for my dad’s terminal cancer treatment because they admitted to exposing [the workers] to things that were highly toxic, nuclear, and radioactive,” Montoya says.
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.Continua a leggere