The mood was eerily sad, but the anticipation palpable for the farewell performance of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (CLCB) at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) (June 3-6). Founded in 2003 by the Walmart heiress Nancy Laurie, the company’s 12-year history wavered, but on this night the company danced like this was another premiere season. During his time as artistic director (2005-2013), Benoit Swan-Pouffer made acclaimed works and brought in a long list of European choreographers who created memorable works. In these last years, under ballet master, named artistic director, Alexandra Damiani, this last season included Richard Siegal's, My Generation (world premiere), Crystal Pite's, Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue, Johan Inger's Rain Dogs, (New York premiere,) Jiří Kylián's Indigo Rose and Jo Strømgren's Necessity, Again. The evening opened with Siegal's social commentary, My Generation, and the dancers, in wildly contemporized versions of codified dance forms (ballet meets modern, jazz, house and more) were hot! Pite's Ten Duets… was slow and somber and Inger's Rain Dogs was captivating. The unforgettably talented dancers are: Jon Bond, Nickemil Concepcion, Joaquim de Santana, Vania Doutel Vaz, Joseph Kudra, Navarra Noy-Williams, Raymond Pinto, Guillaume Queau, Matthew Rich, Ida Saki, Ebony Williams and Jin Young Won. This farewell performance was dedicated to Pouffer, Laurie, and Greg Mudd (former executive director).
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