|Jerome Robbins in Circus Polka|
First things first: the real Robbins on the program showed what a versatile choreographer he was and his unique talent for "cuteness." I've always thought "cute" was one of the hardest things to pull off in dance. Robbins could pull off "cute" like no other choreographer. From the shivering girls in the "Winter" section of The Four Seasons to the SAB students straightening themselves after the whip is cracked in Circus Polka, Robbins knew what kind of cute worked. How much cuteness to put in, how much to hold off.
|de Luz in Suite of Dances, photo @ Andrea Mohin|
|Circus Polka cast curtain call|
|EASY, photo @ Andrea Mohin|
|On the Town excerpt from Something to Dance About, photo @ Andrea Mohin|
|Singer Jessica Vosk takes a curtain call with the cast|
As might be expected some portions of the ballet come across better than others. For instance "Shall We Dance" (with Tiler Peck as Anna, billowing hoopskirt and all, and Taylor Stanley as the King) loses its impact when taken out of context. In the musical this moment is a sublimated consummation between Anna and the King. When done well it crackles with sexual tension. None of that came across in the clip danced last night. However another excerpt from the very same musical ("Small House of Uncle Thomas") although brief played beautifully even without the "Run Eliza Run" narrative. Indiana Woodward was incredible as "Eliza" in that sequence. She got all the Oriental mannerisms down pat as if she'd been dancing this sort of thing forever. I was also pleasantly surprised that Andrew Veyette has a decent singing voice and did the soft shoe number "All I Need is the Girl" from Gypsy so well.
|Wedding Dance from Fiddler, photo @ Andrea Mohin|