Student Review: BalletX – Not your ordinary balletNov 9th, 2012 | By DJ Guest Author | Category: Reviews
This review was written by a student as part of a new initiative by the Philadelphia Dance Journal to introduce aspiring writers to arts criticism.
By Sloane Horton for The Dance Journal
From the eyes of a 14-year old dancer: “BalletX is an extraordinary company. The extremely unique choreography had me on the edge of my seat the whole performance and the captivating music kept my eyes glued to the stage and the dancers the entire show. In the opening piece, Instant God, the strength of the dancers stayed consistent from start to finish. One of the male dancers had to act like he was fighting every other male in the performance and the lifts, such as when two men lifted a dancer from a flip and suspended her in the air, were absolutely breath taking. Colby Damon caught my eye with his display of emotion and overall Instant Godreally grabbed my attention”.
The second part to the performance was named I was at a party & my mind wandered off… I didn’t quite get the concept of the dance, as the name referred to a party and the dancers looked as if they were meant to be in a mental institution. Although the topic did not make quite that much sense in my head, it was still an interesting part of the show. Something that really drew me in to the dancers that were performing was that when the music got quiet you could hear the dancers breathing; I found that artistically creative. The use of upper body movement was also intriguing and letting the dancers’ hair swing freely made for a more thrilling performance. The originality of the choreographer really showed when the one female dancers took the shirts off of the other dancers and laid them on one performer. Despite the story line, I fell for the creativity in I was at a party & my mind wandered off…
The last selection in the performance of BalletX was called Switch Phase and this piece made a lot more sense to me. The colors of the costumes really “popped” on stage and they all seemed to go with each other. There were many remarkable lifts, such as when a female dancer was held up by her arms and it looked like she was walking on air. Another amazing lift was the one where one dancer hooked her leg around her partner’s neck and he carried her without holding her. A moment of pure excellence was when everyone did a leg extension and they slowly started to “melt” out of them at different times. As the story line recreates the act of groups of friends going in and out of friendships, the ending will leave you with chills.
To say the least, the performance as a whole was a spectacular experience and I would definitely recommend it to others. The lighting, music, and costumes really made the whole performance fit like puzzle pieces. I thought the whole line up of the show was great as well, especially how the two directors had came out to introduce themselves to the audience at the beginning. As you can now imagine BalletX is not your ordinary ballet.
Sloane Horton is a Freshman at Neshaminy High School. She studies jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, pointe and lyrical at Kay’s Act II Dance Studio in Trevose. In addition, Sloane is currently studying journalism and hopes to continue writing throughout high school and college.