A slow movement followed, with a tender duet for two young lovers (Brossiet and Jason Curtis), suddenly interrupted by the intrusion of another man (Berdo
), who effortlessly spirits the girl away.
Paul Thrussell and Laszlo Berdo
gave the sorcerer Kastchei the requisite over-the-top portrayal that was aided by a swirling cape, long, bony arms, and a delicious picking along the ground on long birdlike feet, but the character needed a full center-stage solo to give more focus to the role.
Flushed with mid-summer heat, they whisper and fidget as pas-de-deux instructor Laszlo Berdo sweeps his pliant partner into a horizontal position across his back.
"Ladies," Berdo cautions, "Trust him to get you there.
"The Young Masters" featured a revival of Daniel Pelzig's Nine Lives: Songs of Lyle Lovett; the company premiere of Maelstrom by Mark Morris; and a world premiere, Below Down Under, by Boston Ballet principal Laszlo Berdo.
For Below Down Under, Berdo uses music by Australian composer Stephen Kent that has its roots in MTV and the clubs, but manages to convey a sense of the outback.
The February series will include ballets by company principal dancer, Laszlo Berdo; contemporary choreographer Mark Morris; and Daniel Pelzig, BB associate artist.
Berdo contributes a new ballet, Family Tree, with music by contemporary Australian composer Stephen Kent.
Premieres by Lila York, resident choreographer Daniel Pelzig, and Lazlo Berdo, a principal dancer with the company, enlivened Boston Ballet's annual spring repertory season, which included nine contemporary works spread over a six-week period.
Sandwiching Berdo's fledgling work, Four Hands, set to Rachmaninoff, between revivals of Twyla Tharp's Waterbaby Bagatelles and York's 1996 hit for the company, Celts, was an error akin to giving the farm team rookie a tryout in the World Series.
Six couples, led by a stunningly sinuous Lazlo Berdo
and Marjorie Grundvig, worked in various configurations, breaking the space in swift entrances and exits.
Corps performances and supporting roles were also outstanding, including Natasha Akhmarova as the angel-cum-brat Bianca and Laszlo Berdo