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Katherine Barkman and Andile Ndlovu in Birthday Offering.© Victoria Pickering. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Balanchine + Ashton quad bill – Washington

★★★✰✰   The Washington Ballet new program titled Balanchine + Ashton showcased four works by the two great choreographers, who “forever shaped our art form,” as the company’s artistic director, Julie Kent, put it in her opening remarks.

Irina Dvorovenko in "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue", On Your Toes.© Joan Marcus. (Click image for larger version)

City Center – On Your Toes – New York

Along the way, the show strings together some memorably ravishing songs and knock-out dance numbers while having fun…

Blakeley White-McGuire in Martha Graham's Imperial Gesture.© Charles Eilber. (Click image for larger version)

Martha Graham Dance Company – “Fall and Recovery” Gala – New York

Even more than with other choreographers, the costumes and sets are essential elements of Graham’s dance imagination. Think of Martha’s stretchy sack-dress in Lamentation, or the prickly metal tree-dress by Noguchi in Cave of the Heart. They are extensions of the dancers’ bodies, and of Graham’s Jungian world-view.

Elisabeth Holowchuk, Michael Cook and company in Slaughter On Tenth Avenue.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Suzanne Farrell Ballet – Autumn 2012 Program B – Washington

The company premiere of The Prodigal Son was the centerpiece and highlight of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet’s second all-Balanchine program at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater – a program that also included Divertimento No. 15 and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.

Suzanne Farrell Ballet in Danses Concertantes.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Suzanne Farrell Ballet – Autumn 2012 Program A – Washington

When watching them perform one understands what dance critic Joan Acocella meant when she said: “Every single time Suzanne Farrell sets a Balanchine ballet – it rises from the dead.”

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