Mr. Kostelanetz has invited me to a duet, and it’s hard to resist
both the temptation to lead and to let go entirely and be lifted through
subways, dance halls, and ballrooms of interesting lives. Implied was an
invitation to perform a solo, which I gratefully accepted. My thanks,
A good libretto, even an impressionist,
double-exposed or portmanteaued one, follows most of the rules of
simple dramaturgy. Balanchine once said the perfect type plot for a
dramatic narrative ballet was the story of the Prodigal Son. Once
there was a man who had everything, then he had nothing; finally he
had everything again.
—Lincoln Kirstein, BALLET ALPHABET
From over two dozen famous classic ballets this dance called
“Inventory,” really the epitome of compilation choreography, takes
phrases familiar to all dance lovers.
In an all-night performance, several dancers represent the planets
slowly rotating around the sun, whose role is played by the
Inspired by birdlike movements, this ballet is essentially plotless.
When two strangers start to flirt with each other, other young men
and women appear, apparently strangers, likewise flirting with one
© Richard Kostelanitz
Heather Burns (H.B.) is Assistant Editor of Archipelago.
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