An amalgam of dance idioms, this ballet is alternately noble and quixotic as two couples, classical and modern, interact.
Barber Violin Concerto contrasts classical composure and modern sensibility. It is a work in three movements for two couples performed in a series of mixed and matched pas de deux. All are dressed in white with the classical dancers performing in pointe shoes and ballet slippers while the modern dancers are typically barefoot. The first two movements are sensuously melodic and passionately inquisitive. The work's third movement, a fast-moving scherzo, provides the opportunity for a rousing comedic chase that brings the work to its breathless conclusion.
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