The opening of Amorosa is breathtaking.
Contrasting the darkness that surrounds her, Danielle Brown, facing upstage donned in a scarlet dress, is spotlit, her upward-gazing profile focused on the rose in her hand. This still moment is embraced by the full cello strings singing Vivaldi, and in this moment we are witness to what is the epitome of elegance.
Graziano plays with these strong contrasts between dark and light throughout Amorosa allowing him to effectively display moments that seem to be caught in time. The men are dressed in all black leaving only their hands and faces to reveal the secret behind what appears to be women floating in the air.
There are also the unexpected appearances and disappearances of dancers as they enter and exit the dark shadows of the stage. This element adds dynamic to a piece that feels just a tad too long despite being full of beautiful lifts and interesting pas de deux. It’s almost as if we are given too much of a good thing whereas I would have preferred to have been left wanting more.