Murat Theatre, Sept. 12
The Indianapolis City Ballet may, at this point, be little more than a gleam in the eyes of some of the city's wealthiest arts patrons, but for one night, at least, this brought an audience of ballet fans joyously to its feet. Eleven top dancers from such companies as the Stuttgart Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Kirov and New York City Ballets and the Parsons Dance Company performed in an anthology show, featuring classical, romantic, modern and contemporary works. Curated by John Meehan of Vassar College, the evening was a lavish teaser, an attempt to whet ballet fans' appetites for a high-caliber, resident company. Whether this will come to pass is unclear for now. What was apparent, though, was the audience's enthusiasm for the way the program's more contemporary offerings allowed dancers to transcend their technical brilliance and show their considerable charisma. Miguel Quinones, dancing through the sound and light show of David Parsons' "Caught" didn't so much bring the house down as blow the roof off the place.