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Teatro Colon presents a visual delight
bySarah MacDonald May 18, 2013
Muscat: The Teatro Colon Permanent Ballet Company brought a sampling of Argentina’s best ballet to the Teatro Colon Permanent Ballet Company (ROHM) on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
The Buenos Aires-based company, led by Lidia Segni, who also choreographs many of their dances, presented three one-act ballets covering a range of styles.
With classical ballet, modern ballet and tango-ballet fusion, there was something for everyone, though many in the audience hoped to be treated to more tango.
The first part, Vivaldi in Concert, was simple, elegant and classical ballet, choreographed by Segni and set to music by the Italian baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi. While the ballet began slowly and with quite a few inconsistencies, such as wobbling legs and a lack of unison among the dancers, the performance became increasingly stronger.
By the end of the dance, there was some truly romantic and somewhat daring dancing, such as pas-de-deux (dance for two) that included stunning lifts in which the female dancer flipped over the male dancer’s back, for example, and slid under his legs. Much like the music, the dancing was light and feathery.
Moving to the modern dance, the company presented Fuga Técnica, choreographed by Eric Frederic and set to music by Alexander Balanescu. From the start, it was simply riveting, with fast-paced music that was reminiscent of a factory line or computer system, with quirky, fun, and almost acrobatic dance steps.
The piece also seemed to have some Latin influence, both in the music and steps, which was interesting because Frederic is Belgian and Balanescu is Romanian.
After what seemed to be a build-up in pace and mood, they moved onto Tango, also choreographed by Segni. Dressed in black, the dancers were filled with drama, sass and passion.
The dancing fused ballet and tango, which was neat, but no doubt it was the couple who danced the most traditional tango who received the loudest applause from the audience.
Overall, the company presented a strong collection of their work in the ROHM debut, and it was wonderful to see tango return to the stage in Muscat.
Perfect harmony: The dancing fused ballet and tango, but it was the couple who danced the most traditional tango who received the loudest applause from the audience. Photo – Khalid Al Busaidi/ROHM
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