VIBRANT SEASON OF FIVE SHORT WORKS
Allegro: Five Short Ballets
Choreographers: George Balanchine, Johan Kobborg, Larry Keigwin , Daniel Belton.
at St James Theatre, Wellington
From 15 Aug 2014 to 17 Aug 2014
Reviewed by Ann Hunt, 16 Aug 2014
originally published in The Dominion Post
This vibrant season of five short works has something for everyone. If classical ballet is your preference, George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante (music, Tchaikovsky,) will not disappoint. Still as fresh today as it was in 1956, it is danced with vivacity and sure technique by all the cast.
Gillian Murphy and Kohei Iwamoto are an elegant principal couple. Her beautiful placing, epaulement and regal bearing suit Balanchine's sweeping choreography and she invests the role with a gentle tenderness, while Iwamoto impressed with his crisp technique.
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