In a #TBT moment, Boston Ballet repeats Plan to B but with the cast from 2004. The footage is grainy (in a legitimate way Instagram filters can only dream of) but is a wonderful nod to dancers who contributed to the essence of what Boston Ballet is today. Because the taping was from a live show you can even hear the gasp from audience members after a perfectly executed revoltade.
The following seven excerpts are a range of surprising moments including microphones and dialogue, an almost Balanchine-esque piece, and in the final number we see what might be his most balletic approach yet (a piece I would like to see more of).
The dancers execute each style beautifully. Special nods to audience and Elo favorites, Lia Cirio who dances with determined precision; Kathleen Breen Combes, now the Executive Director of Festival Ballet Providence, who showcases rich and explosive dancing; and the wonderfully dramatic presence John Lam brings to the stage.
In an evening celebrating Jorma Elo, you can expect to see a lot of Elo although you never know which side of him you are going to get. But rest assured it will be innovative, exciting, and make you itch to get back to a theater to see these amazing dancers where they belong.