June 14, 2013

Regarding Sarah Kaufman’s review of Ballet Across America III, “Sarasota’s magical jewel of a ballet” [Style, June 8]:

Clearly, Kaufman saw a different performance than I saw the evening of June 8. Sarasota Ballet did create winter in June as the dancers portrayed Frederick Ashton’s “Les Patineurs” “skating” beautifully and with precision.

But, contrary to Kaufman’s view, Washington Ballet followed with an explosion of energy and passion in Edwaard Liang’s “Wunderland,” masterfully danced with difficult, complicated and graceful lifts that thrilled the usually stuffy Kennedy Center audience. The reward was a thunderous standing ovation.

After two examples of the art of ballet partnering, the repertoire was completed with Balanchine’s “Four Temperaments” by the Pennsylvania Ballet. Ballet Across America IV can’t come soon enough.

Peter E. Lavine, Bethesda