The star of the evening was without doubt Ohad Naharin’s Mabul (excerpted duet) performed by Christopher Bloom and Joanna DeFelice. This perfectly timed duet meets each dancer where they are and shows their individual techniques in performing—ahh, but this is what Naharin does best, molds the work to each dancer. Good for Bloom and DeFelice. Walking as in a squat for most of the work, shaking clenched fists from straight elbows, Blooms’ head eventually meets DeFelice’s chest with a bang, and so goes this fabulous interchange until sadly, it ends. Also on the program and nicely performed by Bloom, Nikki Holck, Yesid Lopez and Madison McPhail was Sidra Bell’s Vivian & Paul, and Enzo Celli’s story ballet I’m Here. Igal Perry’s Infinity and Dwight Rhoden’s Evermore, boasted couples in lively exchanges. Other dancers on the program were Madison McPhail, Justin Mock, Midori Nonaka, Jerimy Rivera, Micah Savin, Eila Valls, Leigh Lijoi and Aaron Steinberg.
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