Boy Wonder by R.M. Pink
Ballet BC Misses Mark on World
By R.M. Pink
For a ballet that reached to capture the hero's journey, in essence the hero
in everyone, the Ballet BC premiere of 'Boy Wonder' was a disappointment
of great proportions.
Despite the artistic and creative talents of company AD John Alleyne and
a collection of supporting guest artists to assist in the production:
choreographers Serge Bennathan and Jean Grand-Maitre, stage director Roy
Surette, Environmental designer Tiko Kerr, the performance was flat and
Most glaring of all was that a ballet that was supposed to portray the heroic
journey failed to enlighten and uplift and seemed to lack the maturity required
for such an undertaking.
If anything, with so much to tackle, 'Boy Wonder' was a failure of grand
ambition rather than talent.
To their credit, the dancers performed with energy and skill but it was not
enough to save a production that seemed to lack direction, synthesis and
most of all, depth.
Many in the sellout audience were left wondering if something in the performance
had been missed and the overall response was decidedly tepid and cautious.
Such an opportunity to launch a major production with a captive audience
does not come along often and many felt that a great opportunity to showcase
new creativity and art was lost.
Ballet BC, like most ballet companies , are in a constant battle to maintain
audience and financial support.
One hopes that this flawed production will not diminish the loyal and supportive
audience that Ballet BC has enjoyed to date.