Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler
University, Feb. 25-26.
Ballet” from Gounod’s Faust features 24 female dancers in
shades of purple as wandering souls on the prowl for May Day revelry.
One male dancer is ensnared into their hair-down, ripped costume,
wild leaping and flailing finale.
Deborah Wingert served as the
Repetiteur for the Trust, which maintains the standards of
Balanchine’s choreography. Experiencing Balanchine’s
works in Indiana grows from the 2006 appointment of Michael Vernon as
head of the Ballet Department of the Indiana University Jacobs School
of Music and founding of the Indianapolis School of Ballet soon
The program included Marek Cholewa’s
restaging of the Grand Pas de Deux from Chiaboukiani’s La
Bayadere. Susan McGuire choreographed “Church Song” to
traditional Indonesian music as a four-part modern dance work
depicting aspects of life and emotional interactions. “1st of 3
in 17” by Cynthia Pratt to music by Mozart is fast-paced with
free-flowing sinewy lines and groupings. “Karelia Suite,”
choreographed by Stephan Laurent to music by Jan Sibelius, reflects
the folklore and traditions of Finland.
“Hong,” choreographed by
Tong Wang to Mongolian folk songs, is a richly textured retelling of
the return of swan geese to their home from their winter migration
place. The leads and corps dancers excel in minute footwork, hand and
arm gestures and body extensions and contractions to emulate the
grace, beauty and delicacy yet strength of the birds.