Closing the program, we enter the subway in Boston, known by locals as the “T”.
Choreographed by company dancer John Lam and set to soundtrack based on the Catalan folk song, “El cant dels ocells”, moving pARTS is an interesting take on where dance is today, after living though a pandemic.
There is something beautiful about placing dance in a public space like a subway. Architecturally, the Boston subway stations lend many stages to the directing team and they use the space well. The dancers filter out of the subway car, shedding their daywear to reveal simple black outfits, and then spontaneously begin dancing across concrete floors and escalators. Metaphorically, the juxtaposition of elite dancers against the grunge of a commute is poetic.
Lam relies heavily on elbow choreography which is not bad. In fact, he impressively comes up with new and interesting shapes throughout.
At times, we catch a commuter walking past, bewildered by the dancers. The onlooker’s presence only intensifies the ballet’s message which seems to be, “we’re still here and we’re ready”.
The short film launches Boston Ballet’s new public art initiative meant to use dance as a “catalyst for building community”. I am sure the Boston community looks forward to more dancer sightings in the wild.