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(photo credit: Bengt Wanselius)
As expected, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Ana Laguna, two veteran dance artists, each
unique in his/her own way, joined hands and minds together and proved that a
rich artistic life doesn’t expire with graying hair and a looser waistline. Both
truly touched the spectators’ hearts and received the longest standing ovation
in the history of Suzanne Dellal.
Baryshnikov is probably one of the
three greatest ballet dancers of the 20th century, with a long career that has
made him a household name, while Laguna will be remembered as the muse and
sublime interpreter of works by Matz Ek, one of the more important
choreographers of our time.
They performed four works by Ek, Benjamin
Millepied and Alexei Ratmansky, each dealing with the passage of time in
different, introspective way.
While Ratmansky’s solo Valse-Fantasie
supplied Baryshnikov with a clear narrative and ample opportunity for
mime jests and cynical acting shticks – all within the old-fashioned
style – Millepied’s Years Later
offered more contemporary ways of confronting
the dancer with his younger self and his future.
Ek’s Solo For Two
supplied the more complex encounters of the evening, with
choreographic ability to touch the human core. The challenges he offers
never simple, and each phrase has layers of hidden options of moods,
and life perspectives. Laguna found ingenious ways to convey her wide
No wonder that her rendition in Solo
touched so deeply as she portrayed a simple country girl, so crude on
and so delicately, poetically and honestly vulnerable on the other.
rightly she won the enthused audience appreciation with shouts, yells
Baryshnikov and Ana Laguna also
perform June 28, 29 and 30 at
the Herzliya Performing Arts Center.