Struggle for Beauty

Mastery Has Many Faces

Luddite: Eddie Taketa in Doug Varone's Ballet Mécanique
photo: Ellen Crane
Luddite: Eddie Taketa in Doug Varone's Ballet Mécanique

One crucial choreographic decision baffles and disappoints me. When I ponder the Olympic games, behind-the-scenes shagging does not instantly come to mind. Given that the essence of sports—besides the glory and glamour of winning—is individual achievement and team spirit, why does Jamison emphasize male-female pairings? "Style" is conveyed by a smartass, flirty movement dialogue that could have come out of many other dances in the repertory (Dwana Adiaha Smallwood and Benoit-Swan Pouffer go to town with it), and "Heaven," danced by Sims and Jeffrey Gerodias, could easily be mistaken for an elated after-practice romance.

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