Thanks to the Boston Ballet’s wonderful Curtain Pass, I popped in for last night’s performance of Simply Sublime. The program consists of 3 separate, and very different, ballets.
The opening, Les Sylphides, debuted in 1909. The costumes were gorgeous – it’s everything you dream ballet to be when you don your tutu as a first grader.
Next, the orchestra departed and the spotlight centered on a lone grand piano for Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia. Simple purple leotards with a bit of glitter around the waist drew the eyes to the primary point of contact between the men and women on stage (those hips don’t lie, baby).
At about the midway point, the lighting turned to a pale, soft blue and there was a pas de deux and solo (danced by Ashley Ellis) that I absolutely loved. This sequence alone was worth the price of admission.
Finally, the entire cast took the stage for a dizzying Balanchine number (set to Stravinsky) that reminded me a bit of 1950s synchronized swimming team. Check out the preview below – Simply Sublime runs until the 19th.