Experiments in Darkness

Ballet dancers venture into new territory and discover new challenges

Benjamin Millepied & Company
Arthur Elgort
Benjamin Millepied & Company

white floor, sunny light. The movement, perhaps influenced by one of Millepied's mentors, Jerome Robbins, looks fluid, easy, understated even when difficult. Both dancers wear soft slippers, and their solos are full of little springy steps and easily spun out turns. Their shoulders, twisting and shrugging subtly, give a lightly temperamental edge to the steps. These are two handsome, extraordinarily gifted dancers, and Millepied has created some imaginative but never strained partnering. Closer's sunlight is a welcome contrast to the dark provocations of the other pieces.

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