LUBOVITCH DANCE FOUNDATION, INC.
The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company
Lar Lubovitch, Artistic Director
Richard J. Caples, Executive Director
Nancy Bannon, Stefanie Batten Bland, Griff Braun, Gerald Casel
Elisa Clark, Nancy Colahan, Philip Gardner, Roger C. Jeffrey
Marc Mann, Jason McDole, Scott Rink, Kevin Scarpin
Michael Thomas, Shila Tirabassi
Guest Artists: Sandra Brown, Marcelo Gomes soloists with American Ballet Theatre
THE WEDDING (1976 & 2001)
MY FUNNY VALENTINE (2001, World Premiere)
MEN’S STORIES: A Concerto in Ruin (2000)
Director of External Affairs - Farrell Dyde
Production Stage Manager - Maxine Glorsky
Costume Designer - Ann Hould-Ward
Lighting Designer - Clifton Taylor
Lar Lubovitch Dance Company performed at Manhattan’s City Center for four nights in October, 2001. Glorious, inventive, subtle and fresh are just a few adjectives to describe the collective experience.
Performed in two acts, the show opened with an updated version of LES NOCES, now entitled THE WEDDING. Set in the Stalinist USSR, the dance, performed to Stravinsky, tells the tale of an arranged marriage, and the hesitant couple who eventually come to accept and embrace one another. A battle between tradition and desire; between the parents and the children; between the old and the new, THE WEDDING, telling an individual tale is rendered that much grander by the choice to set this one small story within the larger picture of a people under the ever-present, watchful eye of a “Big Brother” regime.
Portraying a couple of an entirely different kind, guest dancers Sandra Brown and Marcelo Gomes performed the debut of MY FUNNY VALENTINE. This sweet, brief, romantic love note settled nicely into the center of the varied evening. Featuring live musical accompaniment on piano and cello, with music by Richard Rodgers, whom the dance is a tribute to, the lovely duet is romantic in choreography and skillful in execution.
The second act of the evening was inhabited solely by MEN’S STORIES, which debuted to much acclaim as a “site-specific” creation in 2000. Having rendered this work affable to any space, choreographer Lubovitch has created a visual montage that, accompanied by Scott Marshall’s unique audio collage, makes this all-male piece notable for more than that gender detail. While there is what could be characterized as “typical male posturing,” the dance is much more profound than that. Men feel - about themselves, each other, childhood, life, men, women... They begin dressed as “men,” with the dancer’s equivalent of a suit. As defenses drop, the clothes ease up and lighten up. Only at the end, when the boyish whims have been abandoned, do the men return to their deemed costumes.
Yes, Lar Lubovitch continues to be a choreographer of note, and his company dancers of note. Now dedicated to more local activity, be sure to look for future performances.
- Kessa De Santis -