ballet http://ripr.org en Festival Ballet Delivers Fine Work, Powerful Dancing http://ripr.org/post/festival-ballet-delivers-fine-work-powerful-dancing <p></p><p>Ah, yes, definitely. You could call this “Up Close” wide-ranging. Then again you could say, ahh, it’s a mixed bag. But, fortunately, this show has enough fine work – some powerful dancing, and one emotionally charged piece – to make it worth recommending.</p><p></p><p>What artistic director Misha Djuric has done this time is turn basically to his own company for inspiration and dances. The result shows work from young dancers that are sometimes amusing, sometimes not so much. Then again Festival’s stronger veterans also put forth some fine work.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 09:16:00 +0000 Bill Gale 31446 at http://ripr.org Festival Ballet Delivers Fine Work, Powerful Dancing Festival Ballet's Up Close Is One Of Its Best http://ripr.org/post/festival-ballets-close-one-its-best <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Widely varied, indeed.</p><p>This latest “Up Close” offers dances from the 19th century to world premieres. Topics range from a smartly funny, and goofy, piece called “Tea Time” to a heart-rending vision of the end of life. The music? Well, that goes from Igor Stravinsky and Gustav Mahler to Ray Charles and Jacques Brel.</p><p>The dancing by Festival’s best is, generally, at a high level. And, of course, in that rehearsal room the dancers are right there in front of you.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 08:20:00 +0000 Bill Gale 23955 at http://ripr.org Festival Ballet's Up Close Is One Of Its Best