Childish innocence in High Lonesome

Only one day left until the dancers head over to Playhouse on the Square for Family Matters. Yesterday dancers prepared for High Lonesome, a ballet by Trey McIntyre restaged by Tamara Hoffmann. Trey McIntyre choreographed this piece as a semi-autobiographical story in 2001. It’s told from the perspective of a child (danced by Kendall G. Britt Jr.) who is much younger than his older siblings (Hideko Karasawa and Evan Hewer).


Julie Marie Niekrasz, who dances the part of the mother, says she is ready to get into the theater. She says she needs the openness of the audience and the lights.

High Lonesome is ballet mixed with a bit of modern set to the music of Beck. You get the feeling of somewhat of a skipped record. As the distressed family circles around him, the young child retains lightness. It is a touching and heartbreaking family drama - with a glint of hope that the child will retain some of his innocence.  

Posted by Joan Biddle at 8:58 AM
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