The other three UCOH presentations are: My Sorrow, by Birkadze, set to a frantic Shostakovich; Don Quixote (1869), by Marius Petipa; and Diana and Acteon (1903), by Agrippina Vaganova. The Birkadze shows the five dancers in black leotards, in quick, churning motion, like the inner turmoil of someone in sorrow.

The other two are classical showpieces for new Festival dancers, plus apprentices and trainees. Alexandria Mitchell and Walter Gutierrez perform an impressive pas de deux for Quixote, with the requisite leg-whipping fouettes from her and gravity-defying mid-air leaps and turns from him. In the pas de deux between Diana (Lauren Menger) and Acteon (Toleu Mukanov), the latter accomplishes a couple of almost unbelievable leaps, in which one leg whips over the other, and it's hard to fathom that he lands upright each time.

Once again, a wonderful evening of being "up close" to the Festival dancers and the feelings brought forth in the works.

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