"Moiseyev Dance Company
Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University; Jan. 26
World-class in every way, this Russian-based company’s unique style makes standing still dramatic, line walking a work of art and curtain calls a production. The energy from both sides of the footlights never abated throughout a vigorous program that included a suite of Greek dances and a dance of Argentinean cowboys, “Gaucho,” along with folk dances and songs representing the variety of ethnic groups from the states that comprise Russia. Each dance relates a dramatic and/or humorous story whose universality of core emotional values transcends time and place. An amazing array of artistry, from mesmerizing footwork to gasp-evoking 5-foot leaps, was enhanced by attention to nuances for character development. It’s not just a woman and man celebrating their love, sailors cutting-up or Gypsies in a campsite. Rather, they are individuals being in the moment, and their passion makes us feel as though we’re there in the midst of activity. The program closed with a gorgeous ballet set in the city ruled by the Great Khan Konchak. Replete with captive maidens, spear warriors, archers, Tartar boys and the Khan with wives and military commander, this 15-minute work sets a standard.