Imagine you're asleep, and Victoria Jaiani,
Fabrice Calmels, Anastacia Holden, and the rest of the Joffrey dancers
are weaving leaps and turns through the corners of your mind. As you
wake, you find yourself in a foreign place with people you may or may
not now, and you feel as though you're flying, falling, or walking on
air.Sound like a dream? Good, because it is one. Tonight was opening night of Joffrey Ballet's Rising Stars,
the final performance of the company's season. A unique arrangement of
diverse choreography, the show was a journey through dreams, reality,
the human mind, and pieces of a past recreated to live another day in
the mind of the dreamer.
The dream men were wearing what I would like to officially name
Cloudpants (see photo), or fluffy light blue pants that look like clouds. I hated
them at first, but they grew on me as I couldn't imagine the dream men
wearing anything other than the Cloudpants. The best part? At the very
end, Holden gets lifted up to stand on a dream man's shoulders and falls
backwards as the lights go out. Isn't that how all the good dreams end?
The third piece, Bells (world premiere), was choreographed by Russian
choreographer Yuri Possokhov. In the opening video Possokhov described
his piece as a blast from the past (well, not in so many words) in which
old memories get dredged up to live another day in the mind of the
dreamer. Quite a bit of sorrow and troubles for one piece, but Possokhov
said himself that he is Russian and is always digging up the past,
unlike us good ol' Americans who are always looking to the future.
A fantastic end to the season! So, so, so looking forward to what
Joffrey will bring to the table next year with Don Quixote, On
the Threshold, and Spring Desire. Guess we'll just have to
dream about it...
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