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Students and community members filled a chilly LPAC last night to see Peter Boal and Company, an impressive ballet company composed mostly of former and current principals of major companies, including Kyra Nichols (New York City Ballet), Sandra Brown (American Ballet Theater) and Marcelo Gomes (American Ballet Theater) and Boal himself (New York City Ballet). The eclectic selection of
works, highlighting Balanchine’s variety of style, was met with great appreciation by the audience.
Five pieces were performed: Pergolesi, a playful Twyla Tharp piece originally performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov and performed here by Boal; Pavane, choreographed by Balanchine to music of Ravel, performed by Nichols, a sad solo piece performed with a large chiffon veil; Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, also
Balanchine, a beautiful classical work; Chaconne Pas de Deux, an excerpt from a Balanchine work to music by Gluck, and Apollo, a modern Balanchine work set to neo-classical score by Stravinsky.
The event was sponsored by the Department of Music and Dance and the Cooper Foundation.