We sat in the balcony with dear friend Beth and her brilliant former-ballerina-daughter Erin. Balcony seats are best. You can see the feet of the dancers better from there.
Ovation consisted of: Bananchine’s Allegro Brillante (set to Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 75), Petipa’s The Kindom of the Shades Pas De Deux from La Bayadere (Ludwig Minkus), Van Fleteren’s unRAVELed (Maurice Ravel), and Jiří Kylián’s SECHS TÄNZE (Six Dances set to Mozart’s Sechs Deutsche Tänze, KV 571). Both Allegro Brillante and the la Bayadere Pas De Deux were very classical pieces…more traditional ballet. UnRAVELed was a modern, sensual piece. And SECHS TÄNZE was…well…it was absurdly hilarious and frightening all at the same time. Bare chested, powdered-wigged men cavorted about the stage with wild-haired common girls. There was much skirt-flipping and flirting, and scary rolling black ball gowns worn by saucy young men. And rumblings. Of war? My interpretation may be completely wrong, but I felt that it was a commentary on depraved and deposed nobility in the face of war. Eric felt that the foppish men represented government and that the women perhaps represented the public. Too difficult to describe. And ridiculous. Ridiculously great! You must watch it yourself here.