Fall for Dance Festival 2013 at New York City Center

Anna Rogovoy, Dance Pulp
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One can hardly discuss the role of humor in dance without mentioning Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the all-male company known for its repertory of recreations of famous ballets with devilish twists. For Fall For Dance, the company highlighted high drama and exquisite dancing in the Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake, with choreography after Marius Petipa.

Chase Johnsey, performing under the stage name Yakatarina Verbosovich, was truly excellent as a vicious Odile, alternately baring her teeth at poor Prince Siegfried and coyly fluttering her arms. Perfectly placed balances with the kind of extension any ballerina would strive for? She’s got ‘em. The famous 32 fouette turns in the coda? You betcha. But the surprise treat of the pas de deux, and maybe the whole evening, was Carlos Hopuy/Innokenti Smoktumuchsky as Siegfried. If ever there were a case for perfect harmony between humor and virtuosity, this would be it: Hopuy, innocent as his stage name suggests, bashfully youthful, brought weightless buoyancy to Siegfried’s famous variation, with gorgeous lines and airy turns. These men can DANCE, regardless of the gender they’re representing.

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