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Fall for Dance: Sanjukta Sinha: IceCraft Dance Company, American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

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NY City Center
Fall for Dance – Program III

Sanjukta Sinha: IceCraft Dance Company
American Ballet Theatre
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

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Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
October 6, 2017

Sanjukta Sinha, IceCraft Dance Company
Kin-Incede (2016):
Choreography by Padma Bhusan Kumudini Lakhia, Music by Bernhard Schimpelsberger, Costumes by Moh Studio, Lighting by Fabiana Piccioli, production Manager: Chirag Mehta, Vocals: Samiullah Khan, Tabla: Mohit Gangani, Pakhavaj: Ashish Gangani, Sarangi: Kamal Ahmed, Performed by Sanjukta Sinha.

American Ballet Theatre
Souvenir d’un lieu cher (2012, Company Premiere, 2017):
Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky, Music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky (“Meditation and Scherzo” from “Souvenir d’un lieu cher”), Costumes by Keso Dekker, Lighting by Brad Fields, Performed by Stella Abrera, Thomas Forster, Sarah Lane, Tyler Maloney.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Open Door (2015)
Choreography by Ronald K. Brown, Music by Luis Demetrio, Arturo O’Farrill, Tito Puente, Costumes by Keiko Voltaire, Lighting by Al Crawford, Production Stage Manager: Kristin Colvin Young, Performed by Linda Celeste Sims, Matthew Rushing, Daniel Harder, Glenn Allen Sims, Chalvar Monteiro, Vernard J. Gilmore, Belen Pereyra-Alem, Rachael McLaren, Akua Noni Parker, Hope Boykin.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Paquita (1846):
Choreography by Marius Petipa, Music by Ludwig Minkus, Staging by Elena Kunikova, Costumes and Décor by Mike Gonzales, Lighting by Kip Marsh, Production Manager: Isabel Martinez Rivera, Performed by Yakaterina Verbosovich (Chase Johnsey) with Boris Mudko, Olga Supphozova ((Robert Carter), Helen Highwaters (Duane Gosa), Nadia Doumiafeyva (Philip Martin-Nielson), Nina Enimenimynimova (Lang Zou), Nina Immobilashvili (Alberto Pretto).

Tonight’s top quality roster for Program III of New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival 2017 was beyond exhilarating. All four companies were the crème de la crème of the international dance community. The first production, Sanjukta Sinha’s IceCraft Dance Company, Chirag Mehta, Artistic Director, was the US Premiere of Kin-Incede. Accompanying Ms. Sinha in her solo were musicians, listed above, on vocals, tabla (Indian drum), pakhavaj (barrel shaped drum), and sarangi (short, bowed string instrument). Ms. Sinha is a Kathak dancer, one who uses dance to tell stories. “Kin” is about ancestors and families, and Ms. Sinha, in a gorgeous red dress with ankle bells, symbolically purifies her head with imaginary water or potion and moves with refined sensuality. The pulsating drums and wailing sarangi, along with chanted vocals, made this introductory performance enchanting.

Alexei Ratmansky’s recent premiere work, Souvenir d’un lieu cher, to a Tchaikovsky piece of the same name (scored to meditation and scherzo), brought out American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT) Stella Abrera with Thomas Forster and Sarah Lane with Tyler Maloney. Ratmansky is ABT’s Artist in Residence. Once again this work was gorgeous and elegant, detailed in gestural expressiveness. The two couples weave together two distinct pas de deux, but, with recorded music, this time, there’s more distance between performers and audience. The violin solo is critical to the experience. The couples move in and out of mutual spaces occasionally interacting and introspecting. Casual pas de deux pull the imagery together. Slow gestural effects turn more comedic and upbeat as the ballet unfolds. Keso Dekker’s deeply colored costumes are exquisite and eye-catching.

This year, instead of a solo or duo representation of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Robert Battle Artistic Director, we were treated to a top tier ensemble of ten. Ailey stars, Linda Celeste Sims, husband, Glenn Allen Sims, Matthew Rushing, Hope Boykin, Rachel McLaren, Akua Noni Parker, Vernard J. Gilmore, Daniel Harder, Belén Pereyra-Alem, and Chalvar Monteiro were all onstage, and what a sight. Open Door, choreographed by Ronald K. Brown, is scored to recorded music of Luis Demetrio, Arturo O’Farrill, and Tito Puente. Barefoot and swirling in colorful silks, Linda Celeste Sims and Matthew Rushing swing down the middle of a total ensemble of ten, arms reaching and thumping, knees high, twirling and spinning. The entire Company was resplendent and vivacious. It was especially thrilling to see Matthew Rushing, one of the world’s most charismatic and charming dancers.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Tory Dobrin, Artistic Director, brought out vibrant leads for the Ballerina and Cavalier (Yakaterina Verbosovich and Boris Mudko), followed by six dancers in the Variations of Marius Petipa’s Paquita, music by Ludwig Minkus. All dancers in the Company are male, as one knows, and they perform in drag, with women’s makeup, costumes, pointe shoes, and attitude, minus the Cavalier, who performs as a man. One cannot praise this Company highly enough, as the technical training for men to dance a full ballet en pointe with balance, poise, and, here, wit and dramatic accidents, is astounding and more than impressive. Using comical Russian-styled names for the ballerinas (listed above), each has her own personality and gestural imagery. There’s always one dancer who bumps into others, falls, loses a costume ornament, or such, and there’s always one filled with extra pathos and poignancy. These are truly highly professional, hard-working, technically astute dancers with personality plus. They entertain to such an extent that the audience won’t let them leave the curtain calls.

Kudos to all of tonight’s Companies and performers.

Sanjukta Sinha, Icecraft Dance Company
Sanjukta Sinha in
Padma Bhusan Kumudini Lakhia's "Kin-Incede"
Courtesy of Vipul Sangoi

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Matthew Rushing and Linda Celeste Sims
in Ronald K. Brown's "Open Door"
Courtesy of Paul Kolnik

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