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October 30, 1991

S ,, Slow take-off mars otherwise stellar ballet

By Orit Greenberg
Daily Arts Writer
Central Ballet of China's perfor-
mance Wednesday night did not have
the gusto or energy that a debut per-
formance usually has. Expecting the
four different ballets to make the night
exciting, I was slightly disappointed.
Zhao Ruheng, the company's artistic
director, explained that because the
house was so full, the dancers were
It wasn't until "Don Quixote" that I
felt the dancers really came alive. An-
other thing that took away from the
performance wasthe company'schoice
of taped music. At times the recording
seemed dull and did not capture the
essence and emotion that some of the
ballets were trying to convey. How-
ever, one can't overlook these dancers'
fine technique. All were graduates of
Beijing Dance Academy.
"New Year's Sacrifice,"was a good
piece to start the night off with. The
costumes and sets were especially
beautiful. The backdrop displayed
the Chinese character symbolizing
doublehappiness; whichusuallydeco-
rates a house on the wedding day. Sun

performed masterfully and had beau-
tiful and expansive arm movements.
The "young women," dressed in pink
with blue velvet aprons and red shoes,
were always in synch with one an-
other. Their fan and handkerchief
dance was very interesting and at times
flirtatious. The "young men" dance
showed offtheir acrobatic talents with
high jumps, difficult menages and
turns from their knees.
However, it was Wang Shan, danc-
ing the part of the bride, who really
captured the audience right from her
first entrance. She had beautiful lines
and was very expressive even with
the tiniest of gestures as well as when
she was not moving at all. One could
feel her anguish especially during the
pas de deux. Their duet had some very
innovative and interesting partnering,
and one could always feel the struggle
of her trying to break free and him
trying to hold on. However, the ballet
seemed to have ended abruptly, with-
out much time for their love to de-
"Pas de Quatre" tried to capture
the Romantic essence of ballet. The
four women were strong and danced

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Power Centerfor the
Performing Arts
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dancers created some interesting posi
tions and some of the partnering wa
very unconventional; it was refreshini
to see.
"Don Quixote" was full of flare
fun and festivities. The costumes wer
especially dazzling even though nei
ther Kitri nor Basilio wore the tradi
tional red. The Fandango had a lot o
flavor and the company dancers per
formed this Spanish dance with th
right rhythm and style. Feng Ying ant
Xu Gang's pas de deux was clean, bu
at times lacked the fire that the balle
thrives on.
His variation started off a bit shak'
but his beautiful toure en lair and mul
tiple pirouettes allowed him to en
strongly. Her variation was very cut
and flirtatious, she did a nice job, bu
her dancing was not breathtaking. Thei
coda showed offtheir precise technique
both had beautiful turns and good tim
ing. Zou Zhirui, the bridesmaid, hai
amazing extensions and her develope
and jetes were gorgeous. Everyon
came on stage at the end to danc.e th
not so classical finale. Snapping a,
hitting their hands on the floor, th
dancers continued to dance while th

Two dancers of the Central Ballet. Jie, who danced the role of He Laoliu, their variations with much control.
T. Coraghessan Boyle weaves moral fables
Author of Tortilla Curtain' proves substantial, revealing in appearance
By Elizabeth Lucas Kyra, a die-hard real-estate sales- the fires that swept through the can- the political spectrum," Boyle said.
Daily Arts Writer person, arranges to close the immi- yon - although I didn't personally "But I'm also getting very passion-
"I meant 'The Tortilla Curtain' to grants' labor exchange, because it's set them. It's getting very frighten- ate support, and the result is that
be very compelling and compas- bad for property values; Candido is ing; whatever I write in fiction lately I've never had a better-selling or
dionate. I see the book as a fable, then left with no way to find em- comes true." faster-selling book. The one re-
where you can decide for yourself ployment. Delaney ponders the Although the novel is very topi- sponse I haven't gotten is, 'Oh, who
what the moral is." plight of endangered species in his cal, Boyle also compared its sub- cares.' "
Fans of T. Coraghessan Boyle's monthly magazine colum, while ject matter to that of "The Grapes of Boyle said that spending time re-
iorkmaybesurprisedatthatquote. Candido and America sleep in a Wrath." "I wanted to take thinking his own opinions was a
Compassionate? Moral? This nearby ditch. Steinbeck's ethos of 1939 - you major reason for writing the book.
doesn't exactly sound like the sting- Boyle's sympathies, and the write a muckraking book, you reach "All my stories and books just grow
ing satire of Boyle's earlier books, reader's, clearly lie with Candido a hand to the downtrodden and help organically, from the beginning. I
such as "The Road to Wellville" and America. But Boyle explained, them - and see how it plays in a don't really know what I mean to
and "Without a Hero." "I was harder on Delaney and Kyra, world of dwindling resources and a say or what will happen. Here I
But as Boyle commented, "In a because they're the ones whose be- ballooning population." wanted to explore the issues by be-
way, I'm playing against my havior needs changing. And I Of course, the two novels are ing all four characters, and see how
strengths in this book, to see if I can wanted the book to have a moral highly different in their approach, I felt about the issues of overpopu-
do it. It's much more naturalistic center. It couldn't be the type of but Boyle justified his satirical out- lation and illegal immigration."
than any book I've written." satire where I make fun of everyone look. "I think a drama can be much Boyle emphasized that readers
However, Boyle's characteristic across the board." more poignant if you catch the can come to their own conclusions
irony and detailed social observa- Readers may also be confused as readerunawares, ifthe reader thinks about the meaning of the ending of
tion are definitely present in "The to whether they're reading a Boyle it's a comic universe and then you the novel, but acknowledged that it
Tortilla Curtain. novel, or an old issue of "Time." catch them off guard. Here you clearly reflected his point of view.
"The book presents two couples, Many apects of the novel, from Kyra laugh at Delaney on the first page, "The book isn't really about illegal
who exemplify two worlds: Delaney and Delaney's walled-in commu- but then the laughter sticks in your immigration, it's about the dehu-
and Kyra, upper-class California nity to the devastating fires that throat.." manization of a whole group of
liberals, and Candido and America, conclude the book, occurred in real This has likely been proved true people. And while I'm opposed to
illegal immigrants from Mexico. life not too long after they were in some cases, as public reaction to illegal immigration, I'm more op-
As the novel opens, Delaney hits written. the novel has been extremely var- posed to that kind of scapegoating.
Candido with his car, and their paths Regarding this, Boyle com- ied. The conclusion, I guess, is pretty
subsequently keep crossing, illus- mented, "I think the book antici- "I'm getting attacked more than I simple. It's that we're all in this
trating the contrasts in their lives, pates a lot of things. It anticipated ever have before, from all ends of together."
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