Festival Ballet’s biannual Up Close on Hope series offers a chance to witness dancers performing just a few feet away from the audience, close enough that you can hear the steps and occasionally even the dancers breathing. Yuri Yanowsky’s new ballet The Sun Sleeps is set to the music of film composer Lucas Vidal. (Dance aficionados may remember Yanowsky from Smoke and Mirrors, which was performed at the VETS back in February.) Gianni Di Marco’s new adaptation of Bolero is based around Ravel’s mechanical 1928 orchestral piece, and written for Festival ballerina Jennifer Ricci; I haven’t seen it but I liked his Lady of the Camellias quite a bit last year. Christopher Wheeldon, known for choreographing Broadway’s An American In Paris, presents a contemporary/classical hybrid entitled Five Movements, Three Repeats.
photo: Christopher Wheeldon’s Five Movements, Three Repeats (Zaire Kacz Photography)