“The story of Francesca da Rimini, immortalized in Dante Alighieri’s epic poem The Divine Comedy, has a long and varied pedigree in the art world.”
“Possokhov’s three Shades, in his ballet, do in fact seem like gatekeepers of hell.”
“… illuminating the action are five women, an ensemble mirror for Francesca, echoing “her feelings, her emotions, maybe her senses,” says Possokhov.”
“…at the ballet’s heart are the two lovers, Francesca and Paolo, who dance a pas de deux, a 10-minute adagio of breathtaking beauty, that fills nearly half the ballet.”
“In Francesca da Rimini, Possokhov uses the floor extensively, as if subliminally referencing hell.”
“In his Francesca da Rimini, Possokhov says, the marriage, betrayal, murders, condemnation are merely the ‘frame of the painting.’ ”
All copy by Cheryl Ossola. To read the full Program Notes for this ballet, written by Cheryl Ossola, click here.
-All photos © Erik Tomasson.