The audience heartily approved the program, especially Robbins's fictions. But it chattered steadily through the orchestra's entr'acte performance (Debussy's Un bateau cortège) between the two Robbins dances, and the man in front of me clinked the ice cubes in his plastic cup throughout the Stravinsky. Fortunately, the company has programmed Symphony in Three Movements for a reprise next February, but that looks like the only chance the dancers — and the audience — will have to tackle the rigors of Balanchine till then.
You might not think ballet and tap dance are related at all, but the men's call-and-response dialogue in Divertimento No. 15 is a close cousin to the answering individual riffs that are at the heart of a tap challenge. We got a great example of this last Friday night at the Regent Theater in Arlington, where Josh Hilberman & Thelma Goldberg's Dance Inn produced a generous evening honoring tapper Lois O'Hara. In Hilberman's Cappella Josh, four women (Marijke de Braal, Kelly Kaleta, Lynn Schwab, and 15-year-old Demi Remick) moved out front one at a time to dance their own spectacular variations on the basic rhythm, to the envy and appreciation of their companions.
Most of the numbers in this show were based on choreographed groups of two or more, but there were virtuoso improvisations by tap masters Brenda Bufalino and Sean Fielder, as well as an uproarious four-hand piano invention by Paul Arslanian and Yoko Miwa.
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