March 22, 2013 California Ballet presented Beyond the Barre at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre. It was an evening of new works by local choreographers, showcasing the talents of California Ballet dancers. With minimal sets, costumes, and lights, the men and women of California Ballet shined as they demonstrated their rarely seen contemporary dance skills.
Current and former company dancers who presented new works included Jenny Asseff, Kyndall Foote, Amanda Daly, and Hugo Carreon. Company newbie Jeremy Zapanta wowed audiences with his contemporary choreography, pushing CBC dancers to new artistic heights.
CBC choreographer Wayne Davis opened the evening with a delightfully symphonic new piece, Waltz. His choreography demonstrated his stellar affinity for musicality and technical proficiency, showing that once again California Ballet dancers excel in the classical art form. Bringing diversity to the evening, guest companies Body Poets and Flamenco Arana presented hip hop and flamenco, respectively.
The evening closed with a sprightly piece by Gail Wingfield set to Gershwin. Wingfield’s command and comfort with the classical vocabulary was evident as she combined classical pointe work with stylized jazz lines.
Beyond the Barre continues to surprise and delight year after year. If you weren’t at this year’s performance, take a look at the short video below to see what you missed!