Dance Review: The Jerusalem Ballet

The dated, neo-classical performance by pupils and alumni of the dance school had little to offer.

August 31, 2010 22:07
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The visit of The Jerusalem Ballet at Suzanne Dellal was a bit embarrassing and to say the least, based on misleading presentation.

The group, composed of dance pupils and several alumni of the ballet school, founded by Nina Timofeeva – a former Bolshoi ballerina – is a far cry from any definition of a professional ballet company. Basically, it’s a product of an ambitious dance school with a couple of promising students.

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Except for the opening solo, an adaptation of The Dying Swan, choreographed by Fokin ( 1907), which was danced by the lovely Nadia Timofeeva – a senior teacher at the school and now the director of the studio and the aspirant ballet group – the rest of the evening left little impression.

As an end of the year studio performance, attended by captivated family and friends it could’ve been quiet satisfying.

Yet, as a ballet company which sells fully priced tickets to the innocent public who is entitled to expect a reasonable level of professional performers in return, that was a big let down.

The group had performed six short excerpts from various classical ballets. The standard demanded by ballet fans today is very high, particularly since there is easy access and exposure to the best ballet companies in the world, at least through the media. Consequently anything that is a far cry from perfection is unacceptable.

The second part of the evening was dedicated to original production choreographed by professor of choreography at the University of Bucharest, Ioan Tugearu, set to original score by Benjamin Yusupov.

Alas, the so dated, neo-classical ballet had little to offer in any terms. I dare guess that it told the story of innocent, moody maiden who meets with an ominous character, real villain, who woes her and mishandled her until her silent screams brought some help, a group of lovely, joyous gypsy girls. The maiden, now safe and chaste, puts her trust in God.

It was not a pleasant sight in the full sense of the word.

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