Alan Pierpoint’s Event Journal

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Saturday May 18, 2013 / 7:30pm
Balanchine Festival RED
2 tickets
Section B

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I brought my wife and three students to the Carpenter Center to see RED, a Los Angeles Ballet production of three Balanchine ballets, and had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Looking past the canned music and minor glitches in spacing and symmetry in the opening act and a mis-aimed spotlight later in the show, this program was a terrific value, a visual feast, one might say. "Rubies," situated wisely at the end, is a sure-fire crowd pleaser, combining humorous tease and glittering (red) spectacle, and the audience, about 2/3 full, loved every second of it. For me, another high point was the pas de deux toward the end of "Argon," featuring company dancers Ulrik Birkkjaer and Allynne Noelle performing slow twisting contortions to a Stravinsky score that, program notes inform us, was composed in collaboration with the choreographer with specific dance sequences in mind. That was Saturday; it's now Monday, and the glow still hasn't faded. May it never. Alan Pierpoint