1. Symphonic Dances
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2. Pictures at an Exhibition
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But I do think it is an interesting idea to pair dance with art in this way. I think this could have even been better if, for each movement, there had been a different artist's work in the background, like Monet, Andy Warhol, etc. Maybe that sort of thing already exists and I just haven't seen it yet!
3. This Bitter Earth
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4. Everywhere We Go
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I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this performance. I thought all of the dances portrayed feats of strength: the male dancers did so much with their partners, like throwing, catching, carrying, etc.! I was very impressed by that. And I liked that all the dances put an emphasis on dancers of both sexes; the classic ballets I mentioned before really do put more attention on the prima ballerina, and the male dancer is mainly there to show her off. That was not the case here! Bravo!
My one complaint would be the number of curtain calls during this performance (and not just because there were four pieces). After every single piece, we could 1. clap when the stage went dark and the curtain went down 2. clap as the curtain rose 3. clap as the curtain went down and rose again 4. clap when the dancers slipped through the curtain to take a bow in front of it and 5. clap when the dancers came out AGAIN in front of the curtain for the last time. So multiply that routine four times; I don't know how many total minutes of clapping that is, but it was A LOT. We get it: you're talented people. But I can't think of any dancers or performances that deserve THAT much applause. Eat some [low-calorie] humble pie, and just dance!