All that ballet can do
The three works in Counterpointe span almost a century. While their basic language is the same - pointe shoes, classical steps, mostly classical music - they are deployed to vastly different effect. Petipa's Raymonda (from which we'll perform the pure-dance third act) is from 1898, and is regal, elegant and precise. Balanchine's Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, from 1960, is a tribute to this era with added speed and zest. Forsythe's Artifact Suite, from 1984, takes classical lines and bends and extends them, pushing balances way off the vertical poise of traditional ballet and introducing surprise elements of staging.
Amy Harris and Jarryd Madden rehearsing Artifact Suite. Photo Lynette Wills.