Night and Day: Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Olga Pavlova leads Metropolitan Classical Ballet into its spring repertory program at Bass Hall, Mon.
Metropolitan Classical Ballet’s program takes place at 8pm on Mon, and Bruce Wood Dance Company’s at 7:30pm on Wed (April 26), both at Bass Performance Hall, 555 Commerce St, FW. Tickets to MCB’s production are $10-30 and BWDC’s $20-65. Call 817-212-4280. Texas Ballet Theater’s program takes place at 7pm on Thu (April 27) at the Majestic Theater, 1925 Elm St, Dallas. Tickets are $18 to $95. Call 214-373-8000.
Turn, Turn, Turn

By Leonard Eureka

Call it serendipitous. Call it fortuitous. But whatever you do, don’t miss it.

Over the next week, all three of Fort Worth’s major dance companies will be performing in North Texas — not at the same time, of course, but within days of one another.

Bass Performance Hall is where some of the action will be taking place, starting on Monday with Metropolitan Classical Ballet, followed by Bruce Wood Dance Company on Wednesday, April 26. The next day in Dallas at the Majestic Theater, Texas Ballet Theater will offer a revised version of the company’s February Bass Hall program.

If you include TITAS’ Command Performance of international stars on Saturday in State Fair Music Hall, and Texas Ballet Theater’s full-length Cinderella, which opens on May 5 in Bass Hall, you have two concentrated weeks of choreographed movement in town. For dance fans, there’s probably no better place to be than here.

MCB’s program features revivals of company co-director Paul Mejia’s Brahms Waltzes and Canadian choreographer Eddy Toussaint’s Bonjour Brel, created for the company’s other artistic director, Alexander Vetrov, and Olga Pavlova, who danced the ballet here three years ago and will again on Monday.

New to Fort Worth will be Vladimir Vasiliev’s Les Promenades, featuring the music of French baroque composer Jean-Philippe Rameau. Vasiliev, a leading dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet, was artistic director of the company that premiered his ballet in 1978, Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater. Both he and Toussaint will be in the Fort Worth audience.

To assemble his previous program back in February, Wood took a novel approach, letting his dancers vote for their favorite BWDC ballets. He put on two of them, along with a company premiere. The show also initiated the development of this week’s production, Subscribers’ Choice: At the February performance, theatergoers were given a ballot and asked to select various BWDC pieces for inclusion in an upcoming program. Their favorites — Wood’s salute to U.S. soldiers, Follow Me, and his effervescent Rhapsody in Blue, set to the popular Gershwin score — are the ones that will be staged this week, in addition to a new piece, Dust, Texas, an affectionate exploration of American folk dancing from yesteryear.

TBT’s Dallas program will again feature the extraordinary Carlos Acosta. The international star will dance the Le Corsaire pas de deux with Royal Ballet principal Marianela Nuñez as his partner. (His Fort Worth partner, Zhang Jian, from the National Ballet of China, had scheduling problems and couldn’t return to Texas.) Also on tap are Tim O’Keefe’s bubbly foray into R&B legend Tina Turner’s songs, Love Thing, and a new ballet by artistic director Ben Stevenson. Set to four piano preludes by Rachmaninoff, Preludes for Van brings in Joyce Yang, silver medalist from last year’s Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, to accompany the dancers.

Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready for some ballet?

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