Catch a glowing spectrum of love in this zestful new Indianapolis Ballet program at The Toby at Newfields, Feb. 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. featuring Rubies, Ania’s Song, Tango Forever.
I caught the dress rehearsal on Feb. 13, with this NYC-based Balanchine Trust note in hand: “Rubies sends its dancers racing across the stage like lightning to Stravinsky’s jazz-inflected piano capriccio, emphasized by a sharp attack and sassy style.”
Exactly what you’ll experience here in Indianapolis. Balanchine Trust repetiteur Victoria Simon has been on-site at IB studios to place every nuance of Igor Stravinsky’s music and George Balanchine’s jazz-era choreography on the company of dancers. Watch the hand verve, the body curves, lightening foot movements, and the swag of original costumes by IB founding artistic director Victoria Lyras.
Yoshiko Kamikusa and Chris Lingner couple on Feb. 14 and 16; Camila Ferrera and Riley Horton on Feb. 15. Principal soloists are Mary Ann Schaefer on Feb. 14, Jessica Miller on Feb. 15, and Kristin Toner on Feb. 16.
Powering the corps de ballet are Rowan Allegra, Buse Babadag, Abigail Bixler, Indiana Cote, Elise Cizmadia, Anna Davis, Dagny Hanrahan and Sierra Levin, with John Beatrice, Greg Goessner, Shea Johnson and Glenn Kelich.
Making its world premier, Ania’s Song, with music by Indianapolis-based composer James Aikman and played live on stage by violinists Alfred Abel and Benjamin Abel, violist Colette Abel and cellist Eric Edberg, features Yoshiko Kamikusa and Chris Linger, and Jessica Miller and Shea Johnson. The lighting by James Leitner is so totally in sync with Victoria Lyras’ choreography it’s impossible to perceive one without the other.
Act Two, Tango Forever, sweeps us into a ‘bodega’—meaning a cellar, where wine is stored, and where dance flows as lushly. Victoria Lyras’ choreography traverses a 12-case full of landscapes inspired by their particular terrier. Just show up and catch the inspiration to make your sultry moves next time you spot a potential love interest wherever your personality draws you. Every company member is featured in this smokey, sizzling setting, with founding IB company member Kristin Toner especially taking your breath away in a standout characterization totally unlike anything in her previous repertoire.
Everything is not only beautiful at the ballet, it’s equally full of surprising delights.
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next up for Indianapolis Ballet in residency at The Toby at Newfields: Sleeping Beauty, April 17-19
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