Encompassing a range of styles, moods, and eras, these duets remind us of the limitless ways a man and woman can relate to one another onstage.
Ephrat Asherie Dance
Step 4.2, 2014
With nicknames like “Bounce” and “Cricket,” these are dancers you might expect to move in unconventional ways – and indeed, they skitter around the stage with remarkable dexterity. This excerpt from the multi-faceted Unreal Hip-Hop program shows how hip-hop can be used as a language to tell the same kinds of stories that are explored through other dance techniques.
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Contested Space, 2014
Both DTH and choreographer Donald Byrd have such long and distinguished careers, it’s surprising that they didn’t collaborate until this 2012 commission. Listen for a familiar theme in the music, a strain from Song of India which originated in the 19th century, paralleling the way Byrd has incorporated traditional ballet technique into his decidedly contemporary movement.
Lyon Opera Ballet
Un Ballo, 2002
Jiří Kylián’s Un Ballo is a perfect illustration of this company’s surprisingly contemporary repertory, encompassing many of the mast choreographers working today. This clip also shows Kylián’s masterful eye for the stage, manipulating a simple costume to create some astonishing effects. And the partnering is subtly virtuosic, requiring great strength and control from each dancer.
Fancy Free, 1949
A program note from Jerome Robbins dedicates all Fancy Free performances to the memory of John Kriza, and here Kriza himself is seen in his original role. This 1949 excerpt joins two other related Pillow films online, an excerpt from a 2014 performance by Daniel Ulbricht and a short feature highlighting all the Pillow connections in this 20th century classic.
Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal
Locked Up Laura, 2010
This 2009 duet by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa makes ample use of the virtuoso dancers (one of whom, Céline Cassone, will appear in 2015 with Daniil Simkin).
Jacoby & Pronk
Rhapsody Fantaisie, 2010
The impossibly-long limbs of both these dancers show off the choreography of Christopher Wheeldon with special eloquence, set to Rachmaninoff.
Etude aux Objets, 1977
Italian choreographer Vittorio Biagi got his start as a dancer with Maurice Béjart, whose influece can be seen in this acrobatic pas de deux entitled Etude aux Objets.
Emily Frankel & Mark Ryder
At the Still Point, 1955
This clip offers a rare opportunity to see a contemporary classic, Todd Bolender’s The Still Point, in a formative stage, with some exquisitely tender partnering.