Posted by Elena Shlychkov.
The current Spring season is overwhelmed with a plethora of breathtaking performances that range from dance on stage to “ dance on-screen” versions. It is very exciting to see how ballet and dance continues to push its way into popular culture. In a program produced by Sergei Danilian, the creative director of “The Kings of Dance”, and performed at the New York City Center, on Saturday, February 25th , dancers impressed New Yorkers with their magnetism, highly ranked professionalism and artistic charisma.
Phenomenal choreography, a brilliant cast and a talented music arrangement brought the vision of the human body into a different dimension. A Kaleidoscope of stunning postures varied from expressive tension to immediate, feather like softness, from unpredictable body and arm twists to clear and pure classical graciousness which balanced the dynamic of the choreographer’s improvisational style.
The show brilliantly blended dance styles, including jazz, hip-hop and ballet into one organic and beautiful unit. The crowd supported the performers with long-lasting applause; however there were a few disappointed ballet fans that came to enjoy “classical ballet” in its traditional style. To my knowledge there are no precedents in ballet history when “classical ballet” is written for five male dancers. Therefore, I would assume that if anyone likes classical ballet – they should go to see a classical ballet.
The performance on Saturday night was outstanding and neither boring nor mediocre. All of the members of the cast- Guillaume Côté, Marcelo Gomes, Denis Matvienko, Ivan Vasiliev and David Hallberg were truly the Kings of dance. They remain great, world renowned contemporary ballet dancers, and any critique of their competence seems sappy if not unprofessional.
Photo: Andrea Mohin/The New York Times. From left, Ivan Vasiliev, Marcelo Gomes, Guillaume Côté, Denis Matvienko, David Hallberg. M. Gomes-choreographer
Photo: via nycitycenter.org. Ivan Vasiliev.