Sunday, June 29, 2014

Impressions of Zvi Dance's "Surveillance"

Zvi Dance’s “Surveillance.” Photo by Hertog Nadler.

You are being watched. This isn't fear mongering or paranoia: It's the truth. We always suspected, but Edward Snowden proved it when he released documents demonstrating surveillance programs orchestrated by governments around the world. Usually executed under the guise of keeping us safe, most of these operations occur unbeknownst to us. What happens in these recordings of our comings and goings is the inspiration for ZviDance's new multi-media work, "Surveillance."

The piece opens with Todd Allen striding into the space wearing only black briefs and black socks. With the house lights still up, he writhes, a cocky smirk etched on his face. Soon, seven dancers, chiseled bodies also clad in skivvies, prance out. They form a single line, wiggling their bodies like a snake shrugging out of a too tight skin. It could be construed as a sexy, mixed-gender Chippendales routine, but the performers exact...

To read the balance of my review, please visit The Dance Enthusiast.  

The Dance Enthusiast Asks Boston Ballet Principal Lasha Khozashvili

Lasha Khozashvili and Lia Cirio in Symphony in Three Movements ©The George Balanchine Trust. Photo by Rosalie O’Connor.

Boston Ballet celebrates fifty years with their first ever engagement at Lincoln Center. Under the artistic direction of Mikko Nissinen, the company will present seven unique works organized into two programs over six evenings. These productions highlight Boston Ballet’s commitment to challenging, diverse material with pieces ranging from beloved classics like Vaslav Nijinsky’s “Afternoon of a Faun” and George Balanchine’s “Symphony in Three Movements” to contemporary favorites such as Jiri Kyli├ín’s “Bella Figura” and William Forsythe’s “The Second Detail.” Resident choreographer Jorma Elo’s “Plan to B” is also on tap.

Consisting of 56 dancers and representing 19 nationalities, Boston Ballet unites these varied backgrounds with technical conviction and artistic gusto. The Dance Enthusiast had the opportunity to enjoy a whirlwind conversation with one their dancers, principal Lasha Khozashvili, who is originally from Tbilisi, Georgia.

You joined Boston Ballet in 2010 after performing with the State Ballet of Georgia for a number of years. How have you weathered the adjustment to America?

“I feel like Boston is home now, and the Boston Ballet has become like family to me. The first year was challenging, getting used to a new country and company, but I have made so many friends. Going to work everyday makes me so happy.”

It’s been an exciting year for Boston Ballet, which just celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. Has there been a highlight?

“It has been a really great season. The best part was....

To read the balance of my interview with Lasha Khozashvili, please visit The Dance Enthusiast.