Post-intermission was entirely taken up by a set of pieces performed

to Brahms lieder. Rübsam is known as a fusion choreographer, one

who mixes contemporary, pointe ballet and jazz vocabularies, depending

on the piece and sometimes even within the same creation. The lieder were

all performed with verve, and at times Rübsam partook in onstage farce and clowning (slapping his rear, mugging for the camera) that lent humor to the proceedings. Choreographing to a great composer such as Brahms requires remarkable creative aplomb.  O Schöne Nacht and Wechsellied zum Tanz

-- both ensemble pieces -- impressed most.


Overall it was a fine afternoon of dance, one that showed off to good effect Rübsam's tenacity and creative flair and the more than credible efforts by a diverse and enthusiastic group of performers.

C. Atamian, Huffington Post, January 28 2013

Ten Dancers

24 minutes

Premiere: 10.27.2012

Cynthia Dragoni & Juan Rodriguez

photo by Jan La Salle

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title “BRAHMS DANCES” above

The final work on the program, Brahms Dances, another Premiere, brought out the entire company, including Mr. Rübsam, who danced with a seasoned, seamless flair. The score was a stream of seven select recordings of Brahms’ vocal works. The second, danced by Erin Ginn and Matt Van, was notably evocative of Jerome Robbins’ lyrical partnering and emotional transparency. When the ensemble joined the soloists, there were hints of inspiration from Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering, a tribute to Mr. Rübsam, that his aspirational models are the crème de la crème of ballet choreographers.

R. Zlokower, RobertaOnTheArts.com, October 27 2012