Review: BalletMet OnDemand

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Whether you would prefer that BalletMet Columbus stick to the classics, explore more modern choreography or sample both, “BalletMet OnDemand” offers something for you.

Commemorating Gerard Charles’ 10th anniversary as artistic director, “OnDemand” features 10 works chosen by BalletMet fans. Those favorites represent the full range of the company’s talents.

For the purist, two works based on the choreography of Marius Petipa, “Raymonda Pas de Dix” and “Black Swan Pas de Deux,” offer solid ballet substance danced with precision and flair. But don’t overlook Amy Seiwert’s 2007 duet “Way to Blue,” which adds a few contemporary turns to classical style. Or “Return,” Stanton Welch’s 2007 quartet, which weaves its dancers through some serious paces. And Adam Hundt’s “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” provides a somber duet on the Sonny Bono song.

On a lighter note, Ma Cong’s playfully twisty “The Two of Us” pits Emily Ramirez against Dustin James in comic chases. And in Laurie Eisenhower’s delightfully funny “Night Music,” six dancers cascade through dreamland on a single loveseat.

Jimmy Orrante’s “Ad Infinitum,” Darrell Grand Moultrie’s “Square Off” and former BalletMet artistic director David Nixon’s “Gershwin Dances” are each multiple-movement works that span a range of styles and moods within themselves. Carrie West and Andres Estevez, paired on Gershwin’s “3 Preludes,” are a particular highlight.

The cast changes during some performances, but the quality should remain constant. When the audience demands, BalletMet delivers.

BalletMet Performance Space

Through Oct. 8

322 Mount Vernon Ave., Downtown