Forsythe’s In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, written in 1987, is still the rebel as he shoves neo-classism into the post-modern world, pushing Mr Balanchine’s high extension dangerously off centre and loosening the formal framework into open-ended uncertainty. Thom Willems super aggressive score sounds as new minted as ever.
The ENB dancers revelled in it and gave tremendous performances. Alina Cojocaru never ceases to surprise in the way she can switch so successfully from classicism to something as fierce as Forsythe and it was thrilling to see Begoña Cao boasting the same versatility.
The clarity and speed of Cao’s razor-sharp moves was eye watering and delivered with the insouciance of a gum-chewing teenager.
Alejandro Virelles, again paired with Cojacaru, looked wholly at ease with Forsythe’s partnering and they gave a tremendous performance. Crystal Costa made up for her tiny size with mega energy and Summerscales was thrillingly matched with Junor Souza.
I hope ENB continue to deliver programmes of this calibre.
14 May 2015