TITAS’ 18th Command Performance 2012 was an exciting display of stunning beauty, dance styles and emotions. Known for bringing Dallas the world’s most inspiring dancers, expectations ran high at the Winspear Opera House on performance night. This year featured many renowned ballet and contemporary artists including Dallas favorites edgy contemporary dancers Drew Jacoby and Rubinald Pronk. The impeccable artists Tiler Peck and Gonzalo Garcia, the graceful and fleet-footed Megan Fairchild and Daniel Ulbricht, the romantic Sarah Lane and dynamic Cervilio Amador graced the stage with their lyrical ballet.
MOMIX’s Nicole Lozides, Steven Ezra Marshall and Rebecca Rasmussen mesmerized during two visually stunning numbers “Millennium Skiva” and “TUU.” Dominique Harris and Mason Manning, young emerging dancers from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA), were featured in a duet piece by the renowned dancer and choreographer Dwight Rhoden.
The night belonged to partners Nicole Loizides and Steven Ezra Marshall from MOMIX, Drew Jacoby and Rubinald Pronk and New York City Ballet’s Tiler Peck and Gonzalo Garcia. MOMIX’s “Millennium Skiva” followed the superb classical ballet and contemporary dance performers. The curtains opened to reveal Loizides and Marshall in blue ski outfits bathed in silver light. Their fluidity and flexibility amazed as they balanced on their skis, moved in unison and seemed to defy gravity. At times they morphed into liquid mercury while their bodies flowed effortlessly in rippled motions to the music “Brainbug” from the album Benedictus.
Drew Jacoby and Rubinald Pronk returned to the Command Performance for the third time. In 2010 Mia Michaels choreographed a world premiere piece commissioned by TITAS entitled “Bring Me Back” starring Jacoby & Pronk. At that time Michaels described them as “freaks of nature” with the best possible meaning. Photos of the duo by Sharen Bradford show their superior control, technical prowess and bodies resembling a Greek god and an athletic Greek goddess.
In the powerful “One” by choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Jacoby’s lines and extensions were breathtaking. Pronk’s hyperextensions inspired appreciative gasps. They utilized their extensive classical ballet training and unique contemporary moves in the rhythmic number. “La Pluie,” their second number by Ochoa, featured music by J. S. Bach and had a more classical feel. Jacoby and Pronk are dance treasures filled with outstanding artistry and chemistry.
New York City Ballet’s Tiler Peck and Gonzalo Garcia performed George Balanchine’s “Rubies” (from Jewels). Peck and Garcia were a sheer joy to watch in Balanchine's “Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux." Sharp and crisp, in perfect sync, with chemistry and abundant artistry they kept the audience cheering. Also principal dancers with NYCB, artists Megan Fairchild and Daniel Ulbricht were charming, full of energy and flirtatious as they performed Balanchine’s “Tarantella” and “Flower Festival in Genzano” choreographed by August Bournonville.
Cervilio Miguel Amador and the talented American Ballet Theatre soloist Sarah Lane performed one of the most challenging pieces of the evening “Le Corsaire Pas de Deux.” They executed the demanding piece with artistry and a high degree of technical skill. Their earlier number “Romeo & Juliet Balcony Pas de Deux” was lovely and showcased a more romantic side of dance. With the exceptionally level of talent TITAS’ Command Performance once again proved why this event is a Dallas crown jewel.
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