One day after we closed in New York City, another contingent of Ballet West dancers performed in Laguna Beach, California. Adam Sklute and the crew took a red eye to get there in time! Christiana Bennett, Christopher Ruud, Jacqueline Straughan and Michael Bearden performed RED ANGELS. Christiana Bennett and Christopher Ruud danced BLACK SWAN Pas de Deux and Jacqueline Straughan and Michael Bearden performed LE CORSAIRE Pas de Deux.
“The highlights of the evening were the pas de deux and the work of the ballet companies.
Ballet West brought Ulysses Dove’s “Red Angels,” an emotionally charged but tightly controlled choreography for two men and two women with an astringent score for electric violin by Richard Einhorn. A late work (it was finished two years before Dove’s death in 1996), it’s more rigorously formal and less overtly passionate than much of his choreography. Dove uses the language of ballet in snippets, pulling his dancers through short, stop-start phrases that are Balanchine-like in their balance of hot emotion and cold precision.
Ballet West dancers Christiana Bennett, Christopher Ruud, Jacqueline Straughan and Michael Bearden know the work thoroughly; their performance was thrilling.” – OCRegister
Photos by Pamela Robinson Harris