Intimate moves

By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 5, 2008

Boston Ballet’s Boyko Dossev presents his first work with Festival in Sehnsucht (1999), set to Philip Glass. It’s a fast-paced double portrait of passion and longing, with high-drama gestures and partnering. Vilia Putrius and Mindaugas Bauzys accomplish several startling moves, including one when Putrius leaps to sit astride Bauzys’s shoulder, her legs straight down.

The two classical pieces of the evening are set to Prokofiev and Daniel-François-Esprit Auber. The latter is a pas de deux titled Grande Pas Classique (1949), with choreography by Victor Gsovsky; it is designed to highlight the technical strengths of the dancers, not to suggest any emotional narrative. Yves de Bouteiller’s choreography for the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet (Henry Montilla and Jennifer Ricci), however, is all youthful exuberance and lingering kisses. This “Up CLOSE, on HOPE” is, indeed, a versatile presentation of dancers and choreographers that shouldn’t be missed.  

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