This night’s performance of the three ballets – Alexei Ratmansky’s Bernstein in a Bubble, Alonzo King’s Single Eye, and Jessica Lang’s ZigZag – was expertly executed, masterfully staged, and warmly received. It reminded the audience how the threads of American dance can be woven to create a unified experience through diversity, talent, and tradition.
Ratmansky’s au courant choreography had premiered virtually a year before (filmed at NY City Center) and was created during pandemic at a YMCA Center in New York. The athletic romp balanced well on the music of Leonard Bernstein’s Divertimento. The choreography featured seven dancers blazing through sennets and tuckets, waltz, mazurka, samba, turkey trot, sphinks, and blues before concluding to a march.
Costuming by Moritz Jung underscored scope and space, four male dancers donning deep shades of blue with different lengths in leg wear, from super short to ankle length. Chloe Misseldine and Betsy McBride worked angled skirts countered precisely by the shorts worn by Zimmi Coker. The colors of the female trilogy bounced actively across the stage under the lighting designs of Brad Fields.
Pas de deux pairings were warm and intimate, while group gatherings were active and positive and happy, building to the ballet’s charming conclusion – a group selfie. How divine to have these movements imagined alongside Bernstein’s 1980 score.