Two weeks ago, The Lexington Ballet held it’s season opening event, Dance Out Loud, at the Lexington Opera House. This mixed-bill performance featured George Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue; The Koln Concert, by Keith Jarrett; as well as the World Premier of Attack of the Killer Plants by Eugene Ysaye. Attack of the Killer Plants is an original choreography by Artistic Director, Luis Dominguez, taken from Ysaye’s Sonata No. 3, and performed live by Lexington Philharmonic Concertmaster and University of Kentucky Violin professor, Daniel Mason.
It is always a charming evening at the Lexington Opera House, and this performance was no exception. Crowds flowed in, purchasing tickets, and finding their seats amongst the beautiful architecture of the venue. At show time, the lights were dimmed, the Artistic Director introduced the evening, and all at once, the curtains opened and the ballet began. The audience was thrilled and entertained with Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue, as the dancers performed the jazzy, American piece. Next was Chairs, from Moulin Rouge. This piece was performed by the Student Company, and added it’s own sexy flair to the evening, as they portrayed the life of a cabaret. The students certainly held their own while on stage with a group of professional dancers, and Chairs has quickly become a crowd favorite for the Lexington Ballet School.
Rhapsody In Blue symbolizes classic American culture, and is a signature piece of the 1920s Jazz Age. It was beautifully portrayed as a love affair, complete with flair, style, and humor. Greatly entertaining!
Attack of the Killer Plants made its debut, as guest, Daniel Mason accompanied the dancers on stage playing the violin. In this piece, the female dancer, Alixandra Kish, portrayed a plant which when threatened becomes poisonous, and the men: Jake Lowenstein, Casey Myrick, Amos Oliver, and Angelito Anacan, represented the animals desirous to eat her. The audience awaits to discover who really eats who in the end. Mr. Mason’s enrapturing violin skills, along with the graceful choreography of the dancers, made this a truly one of a kind, live performance!
The final piece of the evening was Keith Jarret’s piano recording, The Koln Concert. All company dancers were included in this piece, and each one helped in making the audience feel connected to the dancers on stage. The Lexington Ballet performed two of the three parts of Jarret’s work, which displays Jazz during the mid 1970s, and has become the all-time-best-selling album in piano history. Sitting in the audience during The Koln Concert, you couldn’t help but feel the emotions the dancers so vividly portrayed. You began to feel their sadness, growth, love, and feelings of acceptance within society. Each dancer played a different part, but they all had the distinct role of humanity, showing how similar we all are to one another.
“I loved the diversity of the choreography and the way in which the strengths of the dancers were showcased.”
Each piece was clearly different from the next, and as Mr. Dominguez has stated it: “I love mixed-bill performances because you are able to touch on many different emotions and themes in the course of one evening.” And that is exactly what Dance Out Loud accomplished. The audience was captured, enticed, thrilled, excited, and connected throughout every performance of the evening.
What a wonderful beginning to what is sure to be a fantastic season for The Lexington Ballet Company! Let us know what you thought of Dance Out Loud in our comment section below.
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