Colleen Cavanaugh's Legacy of Loss, given its premiere during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, has a heavier theme. Physician Cavanaugh has drawn on her ob-gyn life to explore an urgent health issue, the BRCA gene mutation that can lead to breast cancer. With 10 dancers and text by BRCA survivors, Cavanaugh has created a stirring and lyrical tribute to the sorrow and gratefulness, the anger and guilt, that gene-carriers and cancer victims experience.
The last contemporary piece is Djuric's Tender Delusions (2005), set to Franz Schubert, with Menger and Kilfoil portraying relationship tussles. It highlights a beautiful gesture of Kilfoil holding Menger, as her legs bicycle mid-air.
Also in mid-air, in Balanchine's Tarantella, the entrechats, pointed feet crossing back and forth several times, by both Menger and Alexander Akulov, are delightful. The leaps, jumps, and mid-air twirls by Bauzys, in Balanchine's Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, are astounding, and Lauren Kennedy executes the requisite leg-whipping fouettés with aplomb.
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