The Guangzhou Ballet of China presented a program of two
ballets at the David H, Koch Theatre. The first was Goddess
if the Luo River, with music based on the violin
concerto of Du Mingxin, with choreography by Peter
Quanz, and after the intermission, Carmina Burana,
inspired by the the 1936 composition of Carl Orff's
recreation of medieval poetry, with choreography by Jiang
Qi. The music was taped. The company by American
standards is quite small, consisting of an 18 member
ensemble and seven soloists, but all are well trained. They
reveal their fine technique and skill in both ballets. The
men are quite strong supporting the beautiful young ladies,
lifting them over their heads frequently. The male soloists
were wonderful to watch in their rapid turns. Carmina Burana
was the highlight of a delightful evening.
The Exes, by Lenore Skomal, at Theatre Row
is a comedy about an ex-wife, who interrupts, uninvited,
the wedding of her daughter. The daughter causes
problems, and threatens to refuse to marry because her
intended will not sign a prenup agreement. The seven
member cast, is directed by Magda S. Nyiri.
Although the cast works hard, the play is not very
funny. Most of the time, they pretend to drink
champagne. The audience could have been happier if the
audience were drinking the real thing.
I photographed Ben West who created, wrote and
performed 45 Minutes From Coontown at the Theatre
at Saint Peter's. It was his opening night performance.
We toasted him with wine, cookies and chocolates in the
lobby of the theatr
Adam Kluger and Metropolitan Luxury Magazine
invited me to Jue Lan Club for Beauty & Fashion. A
number of female influencers dressed in fashionable
dresses were photographed, and delicious hors d'oeuvres
were served. It was an interesting afternoon.