Im surrounded by a group of colorful, costumed performers, says the schoolgirl in William Forsythes masterpiece Impressing the Czar. Of course, shes understating it a bit, as these arent just ordinary performers, but the acclaimed Royal Ballet of Flanders from Belgium, who begin their four-day stint in New York tonight as a part of the Lincoln Center Festival. The complex and riveting workoriginally made for Forsythes Ballett Frankfurt in 1988 and including In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, a stand-alone piece of thrilling dance created first for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1984explores the history of Western civilization, taking audiences from the formality of a fairy-tale court to a tribal dance by Catholic schoolgirls, set to the music of Beethoven, Eva Crossman-Hecht, Leslie Stuck, and Forsythe collaborator Thom Willems.
July 17-20, 2008
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