Set between the opening and closing group numbers were the two antipodal pas de deux, one to the jazzy Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered song and the other to Leo Delibes’ classic Act III Coppélia.
Claire Davison’s Bewitched featured Erikka Reenstierna-Cates and Elias Re in a whimsical, characterized, whirlwind romance. Taking cues from the music, Reenstierna-Cates wobbles and sways to the crooning lyrics “After one whole quart of brandy/Like a daisy, I’m awake”.
Familiar with Davison’s work, I am always happy to see her name on a program. Davison is unafraid of humor and open to riding any inspiration that floats her way (I once saw a piece in which she was inspired by a beach towel). Using non-conventional connections, a foot lifting a head, a cheek resting in a palm, her humor is subtle yet refined and always nestled ever so nicely in the music.
Delibes Duet, choreographed by Artistic Director Ethan Stiefel, is a more classic approach, using the age-old ballet formula of pas de deux, two variations, and coda. Decked in gorgeous silver costumes, the ballerina in a tutu with lapels revealing shimmering crystals and the male dancer in a similar shimmering lapeled tunic, Janessa Cornell Urwin’s costumes are a beautiful nod to the prototypical uniform with a 21st century upgrade.