Indianapolis School of Ballet
Scottish Rite Cathedral Theater, May 22-23
Radiance sums it up as a one-of-a-kind presentation of Shakespeare's timeless tale of love in chaos. Victoria Lyras' choreography fills the stage with bugs, sprites, fairies and humans in constant motion, weaving their miss-matchings into a happy ending with sterling mime and superb technique built on character dancing at its finest. Everyone has a luminous moment, not merely because of inspired lighting by James Leitner and amazing costumes by Loukia Finale, but because each dancer took on a persona and carried it through. One might say this is a company with an attitude you thrill to. Chris Lingner as an airborne Puck rightfully claims centerstage. J.C. Bryant as Bottom, a weaver, is an endearing donkey. Michelle Meltzer as Titania and Cory Linger as Oberon are regal and determined to have their say-so. The crossed lovers are engagingly presented by Frances Eintterz as Hermia, Kaitlyn Diller as Helena, Vincent Brewer as Demetrius and Jacob Taylor as Lysander. The fight scene is a standout even among this crisp presentation that's at-one with the emotion-energy driven music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. Also stunningly presented was the seductive Capriccio Espagnol choreographed by Lyras t music by Rimsky-Korsakov; Dvorak Divertissements choroegraphed by Judith Gregg Peters and Tarantella choreographed by Ballanchine to music by Gottschalk, and presented by arrangement with the George Ballanchine Trust. Kristin Young and Chris Lingner sparkled as the youthful couple.