Summer Pleasures

Love and Death in Town and Country

Performing his own work, Foreman has a direct and thoughtful quality, as if he were sizing up the situation. In a duet from his 1992 Fields of Love, while he and Capucilli swirl about—charmingly playful, suddenly quarrelsome, happy again—his aliveness to the moment makes it all seem true. And in Archaic Fragment, from a work in progress, his brooding air enriches what might be just a satisfying solo study about breaking from two dimensions into three.

Carla Körbes and Seth Orza in Richard Tanner’s new Soirée at NYCB
photo: Paul Kolnik
Carla Körbes and Seth Orza in Richard Tanner’s new Soirée at NYCB

A particular treat: The actress Claire Bloom reads live the poetry that accompanies Songs of Experience. This not entirely successful suite welds three separately composed dances together by means of poetry, clumps of reedy poles, and benches. In Buglisi's new and sensitive that walketh by night, to music by Arvo Pärt, the splendid Elizabeth Roxas begins coiled on a bench, one foot stuck to it, rocking, as if grief were holding her there. In the 1996 The Kiss, set by Buglisi to Hindemith, Dakin and Predmore are uneasy lovers; despite the eponymous kiss, she wishes to get away and rolls him offstage. Miki Orihara and Pier, the couple in Foreman's From Pent-Up, Aching Rivers (to Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata in G minor), are more fulfilled; she runs her hands beneath his outstretched arms with almost secret pleasure. This duet takes its title from Walt Whitman's poem, and Whitman's words seem more united with the movement than do the excerpts by Rilke and H.D. that accompany the other two dances but didn't originally infuse their structures. I kept being drawn to Bloom's wondrous voice and eloquent reading, trying to fit her words to the feelings I saw.

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