Opening with George Balanchine‘s timeless collaboration with Stravinsky, Apollo, is a perfect way to establish the tone for the evening.
More specifically, with the curtain rising to Alessandro Riga in iconically-posed representation of the title character, we know that we’re in for a treat. If ever there was a figure to lead his muses, Riga is it; when he calls on Calliope, Polyhymnia, and Terpsichore – danced by Ana Calderón, Haruhi Otani, and Giadi Rossi, respectively – we can feel the electricity of his power.
Although all strong in their individuality, this quartet is particularly poignant in the final movement. There is an intimacy to their connection that along with their impeccable unison demonstrate the beauty that is Balanchine’s choreography.