Last weekend Kansas City Ballet wrapped up it’s 4th annual New Moves program at the Bolender Center. More than 850 attendees witnessed eight brand new works by nine choreographers from within Kansas City Ballet’s company and beyond.
The First Act
The show opened with Tone it Bach, a large work by retired KC Ballet Dancer Ryan Joliecoeur-Nye, performed by KC Ballet’s Second Company (made up of KCB II and the Student Trainees).
The vibrant Tempestades Da Vida (Storms of Life) by KC Ballet Company Dancer Gustavo Ribeiro, was up next.
KC Choreography duo, Andi Abernathy and Stephanie Ruch from HEARTLINES Dance Company, followed with their dramatic piece Grasping.
Another KC Ballet dancer’s imaginative dance for two was up next: Michael Davis’ Keep.
The final piece in the first act was the playful A Ruckus Recess by KC Ballet Company Dancer James Kirby Rogers.
The Second Act
The intense Inveterate by KC Ballet Company Dancer Molly Wagner opened the second act.
A thought-provoking work, Peregri•nation, by former Boston Ballet Principal Dancer Yury Yanowsky followed with three couples.
And rising choreographer Gabrielle Lamb’s mesmerizing A Thousand Several Ways brought the show to a crowd-pleasing end.