Tobias Theatre at the IMA; choreographed by A. Yakovleva; Oct. 30 only.
The Indiana Ballet Conservatory offered a new spin on an old story in a remount of their Phantom of the Opera at the IMA's Tobias Theatre. Featuring three principal dancers and an ensemble of talented ballerinas from the IBC school, the performances were strong but the production lacked cohesiveness. As Christine, Tuesday Mayhew seemed effortless, gliding across the stage with the grace of a cloud. Her partners Sergey Sergiev (The Phantom) and Ogulcan Borova (Raoul) complemented each other and gave focus to the trio.
While I appreciated seeing a range of dance styles from choreographer Alyona Yakovleva, unfocused direction caused my eye to wander aimlessly across the stage instead of focusing on specific moments. In addition, unmotivated lighting design and distracting scenic choices detracted from the performance. But in the end, the young dancers in the "Corps de Ballet," whose professionalism on stage was undeniable, demonstrated why this relatively new cultural and educational organization deserves support.