by Paula Citron
The mandate of Moncton-based Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada is to mount original, full-length story ballets. Ukrainian-born artistic director Igor Dobrovolskiy’s latest effort is his farcical spin on the Don Juan legend set to symphonic music by George Gershwin. The home crowd rewarded the entertaining production with lots of laughs and a standing ovation.
Dobrovolskiy is not reinventing the wheel with his ballet vocabulary which is rooted in traditional Russian imperial classicism. He is, with each new work, becoming more masterful at moulding basic ballet technique to create character.
ABTC has a growing reputation because the dancers are well-trained and Dobrovolskiy comes up with interesting subject matter, good choices of music and quality collaborators.
The tireless choreographer has created six ballets in six years, and his narrative bent has paid off with repertoire touring seven cities in Belgium and France and six Canadian provinces.
One day we may even see this upstart little company in Toronto.
From the Capitol Theatre in Moncton, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for THE NEW CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.