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Review: An Evening with the Stars

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Daniil Simpkin wowed the crowd with his jumps and spins. - GENE SCHIAVONE
  • Gene Schiavone
  • Daniil Simpkin wowed the crowd with his jumps and spins.

4 stars

Indianapolis City Ballet, Murat Theatre at Old National Centre, Sept. 10.

Indianapolis City Ballet's third annual An Evening with the Stars was a showcase of 26 diverse works by contemporary choreographers. Top dancers representing American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, National Ballet of Canada, New York City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet provided many treats to digest.

In "Black or White," students Veronika Verterich and Alex Anderson brought youthful verve to Margo Sappington's choreography to music by Michael Jackson and set the tone with contemporary ballets intertwining modern dance, acrobatics, Broadway show and ballroom — with what we think of as classical steps.

"Age of Innocence - Pas de Deux" highlighted Edwaard Liang's distinctive approach to show layers of internal feelings and external actions, staged in an era known for masking and suppressing emotions.

Virtuosity reigned as every dancer delivered full-out jumps and spins — with Aaron Smyth and Daniil Simkin particularly taking flight in their respective solos. We left filled with coast-to-coast variety.

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