Musicality and craft are also hallmarks of the new "Blue Boy," along with McIntyre's acute visual sense: Gainsborough's portrait provided the inspiration. It's a charming vehicle for Roper, Jimenez and John Michael Schert, whom Portland dance-lovers have seen performing with Alonzo King's LINES Ballet. Set to the achingly lovely second movement of Beethoven's first piano concerto, the piece flips George Balanchine's theme of the unobtainable woman, instead making Schert the untouchable object of desire...and Jimenez, whose eloquent warmth is expressed in choreography that becomes a visualization of Beethoven's sensuous melodies. This came through equally in rehearsals and finished performances.
“The Blue Boy,” a new work for the company from his summer’s retreat at The White Oak Project, is a trio that features the lanky and always in control of every inch John Michael Schert with the sultry and cool Michele Jimenez, and blithe and graceful Alison Roper.
-The Idaho Statesman