Dance Critic Jordan Levin moderates a virtual Dance Talk with Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami in anticipation of their February 20.
Yanis Erik Pikieris, the young DDTM dancer who’s begun making a mark as a choreographer with the company, will talk about Castles in the Air, a quintet he created for the troupe’s digital performance series. Now Pikieris – son of Yanis Pikieris, the veteran Miami ballet figure who’s become an integral part of DDTM – has expanded his taut, abstract dance set to a Benjamin Britten work for string orchestra, featuring a live violinist. Also on tap is another rising Miami dancemaker - Ariel Rose, the Miami City Ballet dancer, talking about Esferas, the striking, strangely elegant trio which is the first piece DDTM commissioned.
RUTH, Ricordi per Due, is an elegy to loss, the final ballet by Gerald Arpino, co-founder of the legendary Joffrey Ballet, which shows a man imagining the return of his dead lover. The Chicago Tribune called it “simple and pure, it’s a poem of profound love and grief.”
Kronenberg says they’re staging RUTH to acknowledge the many lives lost to Covid-19. “It’s about dealing with loss, the strong memories of a loved one, and how do you go on when you’ve lost someone dear to you,” she says. “As much as we want to be happy and move forward, we thought it was important to say we’ve gone through this.” Cameron Basden, a close associate of Arpino who’s staged many of his works for DDTM, will help us explore this emotional pas de deux.
The show ends on a high, with Adiemus, an exuberant group piece by the senior Pikieris and David Palmer for their Maximum Dance company, a vibrant contemporary ballet troupe from the 90’s and early 2000’s. Palmer joins the panel to talk about a piece that DDTM’s dancers love, says Kronenberg. “This has brought so much joy to the company,” she says. “Every time the dancers do it there’s this overwhelming feel of excitement, hope and triumph that’s palpable. We can’t wait to do it onstage.”
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