reviewed by Paula Citron
Choreographed by Danny Grossman, Milton Myers, Zelma Badu-Younge, Gabby Kamino Patrick Parson
At the Fleck Dance Theatre
Ballet Creole’s show called TRANS-formation showed off all sides of the dancers, but was a little too generous in length. Although five choreographies including four premieres is giving the audience its money’s worth, the concert’s overlong length blunted the impact and took away from each work’s singularity.
Of the premieres, Milton Myers’ Trilogy included gorgeous, sculpted duets, Zelma Badu’s Cooee was a deft fusion of African and Australia indigenous movements, and artistic director Patrick Parson’s mesmerizing TRANS-formation used the drum to drive the African-inspired choreography. The remount of Danny Grossman’s Old Hannah – his tribute to bluesman Leadbelly – was moving, but the scene changes continue to be too long.
Gabby Kamino’s thoughtful Passage Through the Electric Mist lost out. Second to the last, and caught between Badu and Parson, it suffered from viewer fatigue. The reflective work bears repeating on a shorter, tighter program.
Nonetheless, the dancers are strong and the choreography sophisticated. Ballet Creole should be seen across the country.