Harootian tackles the effects of repetitive, soul-numbing jobs. Seven dancers, dressed in long-sleeved gray shirts with ties and black shorts, the women on point, capably perform this intricate piece. Set to frenetic passages of Vivaldi, The Daily Grind has Harootian’s characteristic twist on familiar ballet movements — here a bent-leg turn, there a bent-leg hop, heads in unison going up and down — and a Mark Morris-like musicality, as almost every step matches a note.
The reprise of excerpts from Balan-chine’s ground-breaking Agon (two three-part trios) and the pas de deux from the classical Le Corsaire are marvelous showcases of Festival’s stable of company and apprentice dancers. New-to-FBP choreographer Joseph Morrissey’s piece, In Passing, to music by Yann Tiersen, has two couples, including the elegant Jennifer Ricci and Ruth Whitney and the expressive Alan Alberto and Harunaga Yamakawa, always moving past each other. Note: The casts will change for next week’s performances (except for Pieta), as artistic director Mihailo Djuric likes to give newer FBP dancers their chance to shine.