Jacobs School of Music Indiana
University Ballet Theater, Musical Arts Center. Oct. 7-8.
This exhilarating program showcases contrasting styles by
pioneering choreographers spanning premieres 1941-1991.
for 3-dimensional flesh and blood, guts and brain, soul and technique approach
to performance is securely in place with animated dancers whose vitality
bristles throughout the demanding changes across neoclassical and contemporary
ballet and modern dance.
George Balanchine visualizes Bach's "Concerto in D Minor for
Two Violins"  as an engaging ensemble of eight dancers interacting with
soloists to show us the music's spiritual perfection. Assuming roles as players
with the live orchestra, the dancers create quick-paced yet luxurious pictures
folding into and unfolding out of each other.
Dwight Rhoden interprets and interpolates modern moves
through Chopin's piano works as dancers literally float, bounce and explode off
the keyboard and represent the exhilarating spaces between notes. Something
exciting is happening standing still. The dancers are living manifestations of
Chopin's passion and energy throughout "Dear Frederic .
With "Company B"  Paul Taylor juxtaposes grim war
against a rush to grasp fun before it is snatched away. Set on recorded popular
songs sung by the Andrew Sisters throughout the 1940s, it's sunny, upbeat and
carefree until the shocking instant the bugler is shot at the frenzied close of
"Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B)."
From beginning to end "Steps in Time" delivers an artistic,
cultural and social view of the world while showcasing professional quality on
a university stage.