|Rachel McLaren (photo by Andrew Eccles)|
The zooming Kyle Abraham now joins the Ailey pantheon with his upbeat ensemble, Another Night, and shows he can work into that time-honored big stage-filling tradition. Set to Art Blakey's heady play on Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night in Tunisia," this piece opens with slinky lead dancer Jacqueline Green unfurling long limbs into smoky environs and proceeds to explode with kicking, twirling, windmilling Ailey dynamos. Abraham's choreography doesn't seem to resonate from inside these bodies yet--with the fleeting exception of Renaldo Gardner's fun turn in the spotlight. Some similar flashes of interest go by in just that--lightning flashes. Zip, zip, gone. (Hey, can we see more of that? No? Oh, well...) Hope Boykin nicely stirs an already bubbling pot and gives us glimpses of a real person--not just a dancer stand-in for a person--without distracting from the overall action. Another Night is not the killer piece Abraham could give the Ailey troupe. Bring it, Kyle.
|Jacqueline Green leads the cast of Kyle Abraham's Another Night (photo by Paul Kolnik)|
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continues its New York City Center season through December 30. For information on remaining performances and the company's upcoming US tour, click here.
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