NYC BALLET -- ACHERON
February 17, 2014
Dreamy, shadowy movements gush from dancers stretched out behind the principal couples in British choreographer Liam Scarlett’s “Acheron” created for New York City Ballet.
Dreamy light by Mark Stanley adds folds of mystery in reference to Acheron one of five rivers flowing through the land of the dead in Ancient Greek mythology.
Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ Strings and Timpani drives the sting of pathos and impending doom. Although three couples head the ensemble, attention is drawn to the large ensemble work. Bodies stretch out in long lines, dip towards the ground and swing back up as if escaping fate’s claim.
Confident performances by Sara Mearns and Adrian Danchig-Waring, Ashley Bouder and Amar Ramasar plus Robecca Krohn and Tyler Angle appear in relief to the background. An element of modern dance invades the choreography in the form of loose torsos, groundwork, and wavy hips most noticeable in the well-executed solo by the enthusiastic Anthony Huxley.
The dance unwinds over a pulsating, rhythmic flow until its final destination.
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY -- Celia Ipiotis