Stream of conscious coming out of the fantasy that is Indianapolis Ballet

Abbreviated reflections before bed following an evening of amazing Indy Ballet

By REBECCA TOWNSEND

The Indianapolis Ballet told three magnificent stories tonight at The Toby at Newfields.*

Victoria Lyras, Indy Ballet’s founding artistic director, never ceases to amaze with her creative vision and tonight’s world premiere of her original work, Éclat!, was stunning!

Indeed the ballet feeds an internal fantasy for its audience, transporting folks away from the mundane minutia of ordinary life and into something else. Éclat offered the experience of witnessing a real-life scene from Walt Disney’s epic animated musical work Fantasia. Literally, the dancers appeared to be part of the song as they weaved up and down through the exciting fabric of the third movement of Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26. Minimalist lighting and costuming had a maximalist effect

The thought occurred that dance evolves — and is evolving. Both the dance and the music of Éclat illustrate this evolution. While listening to Prokofiev, one witness laughed to herself, asking, “Is this jazz or classical?” because it all seemed to be some kind of new hybrid. The toughness, the softness, the playfulness, the rhythm of the dancers resonated in a new way that felt fresh yet based in and true to the classical foundation.

The fresh-yet-based in the elegant and powerful beauty of classical ballet carried through into the other two pieces performed as part of the Indy Ballet’s May Residency program, the evening’s main feature — a delightful rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream — and the “Wedding Pas de Deux” of Don Quixote.

Why bother bashing out these quick thoughts tonight? Because there is still time for Indianapolis to pack the theatre on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. and May 20 at 3 p.m. The performance entertained all ages Friday, including a child sitting right behind yours truly with lots of laughs for founding Indianapolis Ballet company member Chris Lingner’s portrayal of Shakespeare’s Puck. Andrew Phillips dancing as Bottom the donkey with Kristin Young Toner (also a company founding member) was also a hoot!

Here’s a hyperlink for tickets and pricing info:

Adult: $25/$30/$35

Students (K-12 & college): $20/$25/$30

Seniors (65 & over): $20/$25/$30

* Once known as the Indianapolis Art Museum

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