At the start of April, the Carolina Ballet embarked on a new choreographic project with Duke’s Nasher Museum on their Alexander Calder exhibit. All three of the pieces were unique, each in turn taking inspiration from Calder’s imagination. Timour Bourtasenkov’s work presented Calder’s wittiness, while Zalman Raffael’s work showed the classicism and purity of the art. Tyler Walters’s work individualized the mobiles’ pieces (by each dancer) to construct the mobile in front of audience. I was in the latter of the three pieces and I enjoyed every second of the experience. It was incredible being able to watch the mind of the choreographers unravel, while you make it humanly possible.
Picking the shoes. Photo by © Tim Lytvinenko.
Since I joined the company three seasons ago in 2009, many donors and dancers have raved about this piece, even stating it was the company’s best theatrical production. Luckily, I had the opportunity to be part of the production this April. One of the unique elements of the piece, as a dancer, is the use of character shoes instead of pointe shoes. The corps de ballet women rotate through three different colored/styled heeled shoes within the hour-long ballet. Every time we are off stage, we are either adding to our basic costumes or completely changing outfits and shoes! The powerful acting component of Lynne’s choreography grasps the dancers’ passion and the audiences’ attention. We bowed to a standing ovation every show.
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