Music Compostion

Gentle Memories


The three entirely new pieces were all well-performed and not without interest, but I was most taken with the Bubenicek, which managed to take a fresh look at the dynamics of 3 men and a girl and which used the particular qualities of its dancers (and especially Kondaurova) very well (and apparently with only a week to explore and then create).

Jiri Bubenicek's Gentle Memories brought the great Mariinsky ballerina Ekaterina Kondaurova to the stage. This woman made such a stunning impression when she danced here in Gotham at the Mariinsky's last visit (time for an encore, dear Russians!).  Looking splendid in a long deep-rose gown, La Kondaurova held the center of this ballet as three men (Islam Baimuradov, Otto Bubenicek, and Jon Vallejo) vied for her favor. Yet in the end it was the pianist Simon Mulligan who won her heart. Mr. Mulligan played Karen LeFrak's melodious yet very au courant score impeccably. This ballet and these performers generated a unique atmosphere; I'd love to see this piece again - and Justin's and Marcelo's as well. A single viewing of a new ballet is never enough. 
—Oberon’s Grove

Letter from St Petersburg By Igor Stupnikov
Review in Dancing Times, December 2012

Review on Russian web site Kommersant


Video on Russian news web site TV100