The flawless technique, lithe partnering and superb execution of Yumelia Garcia, Lorena Jimenez, Maria-Angeles Llamas, Martin, Darian Aguila, Gawriljuk, Lenington and Schaffer were electric. Evocative lighting by Nicholas Phillips and Patrick Long’s costumes in rich pastels aided the romantic aura of McIntyre’s entrancing vision.”
Characterized by ever-changing lifts for two men partnering one woman, the dance sends four couples moving through worlds of yearning, playfulness, anxiousness and generosity. The women imbue the recurring motifs of a turned-in passé and (while also partnered) a gorgeous deep fifth position plie en pointe with myriad and sensitive emotional colors. Especially effective choreographically is the second movement, from which the title is derived. Here, the four strings play pizzicato — the finger plucking the strings rather than bowing — and we realize that the four couples indeed are the quintessence of the quartet voices themselves. Pluck is a sublime new work, and although this was a premiere, the confident ensemble appeared as if it had already been dancing this piece for years.”
Four couples pulled and pushed through layers of tension, whether standing still or elaborately hyperactive. Yet all explored the same symbol: a diamond, formed as the ballerina pliés or kneels, on full pointe.
Yumelia Garcia and Gary Lenington were the Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire of a beautiful affair for the second movement: part playful, part jazzy, all technique.
In the third movement, Tina Martin and Darian Aguila were remarkably matched in their unisons. The world premiere of McIntyre’s Pluck was an artistic and financial coup.”
Choreographed by: Trey McIntyre
Costumes by: Patrick Long
Lighting by: Nicholas Phillips
Music: by Ravel String Quartet
Premiered: 2007 by Ballet Florida
Running Time: 30 minutes