Butler Ballet: 'Midwinter Dance Festival' 

Butler Ballet's company of some 90 dancers gave us a memorable program of five works crystallizing the everyday stuff of life. While Balanchine's inimitable "Serenade" was rightfully the highlight, what led up to it deserves equal praise for dancers "who got it" and gave it to us with gusto, combining excellent mime with good technique. Marek Cholewa staged the undeservedly little-known 1844 Arthur Saint-Leon divertissement of the one act ballet La Vivandiere. Cynthia Pratt's modern dance "Lost Objects" traces a triangle of a man, his lover and his former spouse, with his children and memories further confounding the formation of a healthy new relationship. Equally compelling was Tong Wang's ballet of entanglement and fancy footwork, "Via con Me: The Train is leaving, come away with me." The Butler Percussion Ensemble accompanied Stephan Laurent's Journey Into Elsewhere (first and second movements). We are left to ponder where are we going and exactly why and with whom? Balanchine's class exercise set on Tchaikovsky's Serenade in C Major for String Orchestra is the stuff of genius that changed our perception of ballet. Simply put, movement is music with intentions to communicate "the little things that ordinarily might be overlooked."

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