As Ballet West celebrates its 60th anniversary, it is clearly on an upward trajectory. The company is consistently filling seats, tackling more ambitious work, and the company’s first triple bill of the season was no exception. Featuring company founder Willam Christensen’s “The Firebird,” George Balanchine’s “Stars & Stripes,” and the world premiere of former Ballet West demi-soloist Joshua Whitehead’s “Fever Dream,”the program brought in an impressive crowd, and put stellar technique and captivating artistry front and center.
The son of a painter and a set designer, director/choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot was, it seems, destined to have a life in the theater. Born and raised in Tours, in central France, in 1960, he studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire Nacional de Région de Tours before joining the Rosella Hightower International School of Dance in Cannes.Continue Reading
One would think that a dance inspired by the events of the January 6 insurrection—yes, a dance!—would not be the ideal stuff of theater, but the eight members of Laurie Sefton Creates (formerly Clairobscur Dance Company), succeeded in giving life to Sefton’s premiere “Herd. Person?”, while the dance, itself, was occasionally problematic.Continue Reading