Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève

Screen Shot 2014-03-30 at 3.26.10 PMThe Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève took the stage this week at The Joyce Theater for a performance that was long and without intermission. Entitled “Glory,” this dance was choreographed by Andonis Foniadakos, an emerging Greek modern dance choreographer and dancer. Set to Handel music, the contemporary dance troupe performed vigorous, dramatic dance numbers, many of which were quite expressive and seemingly new, but others that were incredibly redundant, making you wish for that intermission that never came. It was largely an invigorating performance, and it’s almost unimaginable that the dancers could endure the vigor and length of the dances. The lighting (Alexandre Bryand) and wardrobe (Julie Delieutraz and France Durel) were wonderfully dramatic. The dance, while classical in its foundation, was nicely contemporized. Still, worth seeing, but definitely too long. It could use some editing.

Bernadette Murray

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