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Contact Us,It was a heartfelt, emotional speech at times, it seemed Lopez was so overwhelmed with honor that she might cry looking both to the past and to the future. And it perfectly foreshadowed the ballets we were about to witness one that felt vintage, ornate, and Victorian; one classically stripped down; and one modern dance hybrid.
Les Patineurs (The Skating Party) took the stage first, featuring dancers bobbing their heads as they mimicked ice skating across a stage decorated with white arches and lifelike looking tree branch backdrops, elegantly lit with paper lanterns. In the hands of MCB, Sir Frederick Ashton’s choreography seemed silly but self aware; the dancers, costumed in heavy winter vest rimmed with fur, seemed almost to be laughing at themselves as they bobbed about. A few awkward laughs even broke out across the audience.
The final ballet of the night was also the most modern: the tango flavored Piazzola Caldera, first performed in 1997 by the Paul Taylor Dance Company. MCB’s program notes say that the work contains no authentic tango steps; instead, we saw dancers paying homage to the Argentine dance in posture, stomping, leg kicks during lifts. MCB also underscored the link with its costumes, featuring dark, flowery skirts fluttering up to reveal garter stockings; flowers tucked into the dancers’ buns; and high heeled tango shoes swapped in for traditional ballet slippers.