When: Sat., Oct. 28, 7:30-9 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 29, 3-4:30 p.m. 2017
If, when conjuring up images of ballet, you're left with an unhinged Natalie Portman shattering a mirror in Black Swan or tiny pink tutus flitting around during a production of The Nutcracker, it's time you caught a show by Ballet Evolution. Now in its third year, Ballet Evolution continues to serve as the modern, edgy antithesis to this antiquated image of ballet. The company is comprised of dancers who artistic director and resident choreographer Jonathan Tabbert describes as mature and experienced, ranging in height and size and look. "I like to find the indivduality in each dancer, and try to highlight that," says Tabbert. Every Ballet Evolution production is set to live music, and Notes Between the Shadows, an original repertory program, is no different, with Chamber Music Charleston providing the soundtrack. While Tabbert says they are still working out all the details of Notes, expect to see three separate pieces, all set to poetry. One piece is set to Shostakovich's haunting String Quartet No. 8, with choreography inspired by the Henry Lawson poem, "The Things We Dare Not Tell." "We fight it down, and we live it down, or we bear it bravely well// But the best men die of a broken heart for the things they cannot tell." Beyond canned music and classic standards, Ballet Evolution explores the art form through varying mediums, inviting even the most ballet averse to appreciate the fluid, challenging, evocative movements of the dancers as they tell a story, one step at a time.
Mary Scott Hardaway