It seems fitting to open with a piece which the company premiered on January 31, 2020 – almost one year ago to the day. Sarasota Ballet was the first aside from Paul Taylor Dance Company to have ever performed Brandenburgs, quite an honorable distinction.
This autumnal-hued piece is set to Johann Sebastian Bach’s famed Brandenburg Concertos and anyone who has had the fortune of dancing to the composer’s music knows that there’s no other joy quite like it. This is evident in all of the cast, even in the more serene second movement which evokes an Apollo-esque dynamic with Ricardo Graziano as the protagonist.
Unfortunately, it is difficult to turn a blind eye to the lack of synchronicity in the dancing of the five men who make up the corps de ballet in Brandenburgs. At any given time there is one who is off the quick music hence creating a rupture in the conformity that generally makes group choreography read beautifully.
Plus, this contrasts strongly with the harmony created by the women in the piece – Danielle Brown, Katelyn May, and Ellen Overstreet – who often appear to be one breath shared amongst three beings.