With no lavish sets, no frilly costumes or tutus, and mostly contemporary music, Avi Sher & Dancers bring ballet into the 21st century. The result is pure power of dance stripped of accessories. It’s a bold move to make the choreography and the dancers carry all the weight, but this troupe pulls it off. Sher, American born, but Isreal-raised presented a handful of sharp, crisp, finely crafted dancers at the Alvin Ailey Center in early April. The dancers, including Herman Cornejo from American Ballet Theatre and and Misa Kuranaga from the Boston Ballet, proved up to the task and possessed the stage with their confident performances.
Avi Sher & Dancers was founded in August 2008 with a mission of building new audiences for neoclassical and contemporary ballet by presenting top quality dancers and new works in small, affordable venues, often with live music. They are succeeding in a big way.