The Indiana Ballet Company; Madame Walker Theatre; Oct. 26-27
Andrew Lloyd Webber, move over. Indiana Ballet Company’s version of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel is an engaging contender for this well-known story of a Phantom stalking the Paris Opera House and lusting after a rising star — in this case a member of the prestigious Paris Opera Ballet. IBC founding artistic director Alyona Yakovleva arranged, choreographed and directed the production with an unerring eye for dramatic and aesthetic detail in movement, pacing and interaction to heighten drama and equally to provide relief from the intensity. Opening with the Corps de Ballet in exercises, the mood is immediately set for the love triangle. Roman Nikiforov gives authority to Raoul, the Ballet Master, whose love for Christine is evident. Tuesday Mayhew is a beautiful dancer who brings honesty to her confusion over the new emotions she is feeling. Sergy Sergiev imbues the Phantom with seething lust, and ultimately with wisdom. The three leads deliver solos, duets and trios on the mark. The company equally is invested emotionally throughout. Musical choices, costumes and lighting are fine. If you missed this premiere, be certain to attend when the ballet is brought back.