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by George Balanchine
Moon Over Jupiter
by Dwight Rhoden
by Christopher Wheeldon
by Maurice Béjart
George Balanchine was an American ballet choreographer who was one of the most influential 20th-century choreographers. Styled as the father of American ballet, he co-founded the New York City Ballet and remained its Artistic Director for more than 35 years. Born in St. Petersburg, Balanchine took the standards and technique from his time at the Imperial Ballet School and fused it with other schools of movement that he had adopted during his tenure on Broadway and in Hollywood, creating his signature “neoclassical style”. He was a choreographer known for his musicality; he expressed music with dance and worked extensively with leading composers of his time like Igor Stravinsky. Balanchine was invited to America in 1933 by a young arts patron named Lincoln Kirstein, and together they founded the School of American Ballet. Along with Kirstein, Balanchine also co-founded the New York City Ballet (NYCB).
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Dwight Rhoden is an American choreographer and artistic director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet who began dancing at the age of 17 while studying acting. He has performed with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Les Ballet Jazz de Montréal and was a principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He has appeared in numerous television specials, documentaries and commercials throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and has been a featured performer on many PBS Great Performances specials.
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Thanks to his innovative pas de deux, skillful use of space and lush musicality, Christopher Wheeldon has become one of the ballet world’s most in-demand choreographers. Born in Somerset, England, Wheeldon trained at The Royal Ballet School before joining The Royal Ballet in 1991. He soon moved to NYC to dance with New York City Ballet, but eventually realized that choreography was his passion, and became NYCB’s first resident choreographer in 2000. Seven years and 16 ballets later, Wheeldon founded his own company, Morphoses, for which he choreographed six more ballets. He left Morphoses in 2010, and his already busy freelance career picked up even more speed. Last spring, he choreographed the hugely popular Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for The Royal Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada. Today, you can see Wheeldon’s dances performed by nearly every major ballet company in the U.S.
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Maurice Béjart was a French-born dancer, choreographer and opera director who ran the Bejart Ballet Lausanne in Switzerland. He developed a popular expressionistic form of modern ballet. One of Béjart’s masterpiece works of dance was choreography he set to French composer Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero.” In The New York Times, Jennifer Dunning described Béjart’s “Bolero” as “probably his best known and most popular dance.” Created in 1960, the dance features a dancer on a tabletop, surrounded by seated men, who slowly participate in the dance, culminating in a climactic union of the dancers atop the table.
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Each of the four ballets represents different styles of contemporary ballet choreography. Many current choreographers continue to create new ballets that are inspired by innovative modern dance artists and by non-traditional music and themes. The fusion of different dance genres along with the use of unconventional costumes and variety of footwear can create works that may be challenging for audiences to identify as a ballet.
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Title: After The Rain
Choreography: The choreography by Christopher Wheeldon appeared to be very simple, which was exquisitely executed by the two dancers in the piece. However, after viewing the entire dance the choreography was filled with complex partnering and phrasing, musicality, emotion and beautiful images. I absolutely loved the subtle differences in the work, such as the varied arm positions, unusual transitions and intimate connection shared between the dancers (time: 1:40-3:00). These small differences, combined with individual choreography for both dancers highlight the few unison moments in the piece, making them much more impactful (time: 4:00-4:30). The beautiful motifs were carefully placed throughout the piece; the concepts of swaying used in the beginning, middle, and end were truly breathtaking. The intimate weight sharing and body contact (time: 6:10-6:35) demonstrated how much trust the dancers had in each other was a highlight of the performance.
Quality of Dancers Performance:
Quality of Dancers Performance: The two dancers in this performance Victoria Jaiani and Temur Suluashvili from the Joffrey Ballet were clearly technically skilled and have years of performance-based experience. The dancers ability to display emotion and meaning within the choreography showcased their depth and range as artists (time 6:55-7:25). Their partnering skills along with the amazing lifts they were able to execute (time: 7:30-7:45) helped to make the remarkable duet a very memorable dance between two accomplished performers.
Music: Like many other aspects of this work, the music is incredibly beautiful, yet simple. Spiegel im Spiegel by Arvo Pärt has always been one of my personal favorite pieces of music, based on the amount of emotional impact it can create. The music crescendos and establishes a sense of calmness and serenity and along with the overall simplicity highlighted the dancers performance and supported the theme of the choreography (time 4:00-5:00).
Set/Props: The stage floor was clear, however there was a drape of fabric located in the upstage corner and several overhead abstract objects suspended over the stage throughout the performance. Although there was no person credited as the set designer, and I was unclear of the exact purpose the set pieces, they did help to create an ethereal atmosphere and appeared to support the floating dream-like quality of the dance (time 00-1:00).
Costumes: The costume worn by Victoria Jaiani was a nude color leotard while Temur Suluashvili wore fitted light-colored pants with no shirt. The minimal costuming originally designed by Holly Hynes allowed the audience to focus on the dancers and their movement and the intense physical contact between them (time 6:55-7:45). The costumes simplistic design reinforced the intent of Mr. Wheeldon’s choreography and highlighted how the couple relied on each other to establish their strong connection throughout the dance.
Lighting: There were only two noticeable variations in the lighting design originally created by Mark Stanley throughout the dance, but they are very impactful. The two dancers were illuminated during the entire dance with a blue overhead and background lighting. At the very end of the piece (time 8:00-end), all other lights on the stage began to dim except for a small shaft of light focused on the dancers. I love how the lighting added a sense of finality to the piece and created a feeling of intimacy between the two dancers, which clearly supported the overall choreographic idea.
Storyline & Character Analysis:
Story Line & Character Analysis: The dance was an intimate portrayal of a relationship shared between two people and was relatable to the audience. The consistent physical contact, partnering, and delicate yet powerful movement performed by the dancers supported the theme of the choreography (time 7:30-8:35). Although there were some dance movements that were unfamiliar, I was able to understand the overall idea of Mr. Wheeldon’s concept for the dance.
Conclusion: After the Rain was truly one of the most beautiful dances I have ever seen and I would enjoy seeing more of Mr. Wheeldon’s work. The technical precision and emotional range displayed by the dancers were truly breathtaking. The music created by Arvo Pärt was incredible and along with the costumes and lighting helped to illustrate the essence of Mr. Wheeldon’s choreography. Notable contemporary ballet characteristics discussed in chapter five such as the use of minimal sets, non-traditional ballet movement, and abstract storyline were included throughout the performance. Overall the dance exceeded my expectations and is a sharp contrast to Dwight Rhoden’s Moon Over Jupiter, which was performed by a large ensemble and was punctuated by very quick and aggressive yet stimulating choreography.
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