Marcelo Gomes and Ashley Bouder in Avi Scher’s Utopia, photo by Matthew Murphy. Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, New York, April 2010.
Utopia had playfulness and pizzazz, and a lovely whirling quality. Bouder worked her magic, balancing charm and remarkable attack, while Gomes offered lyricism and grace. Bouder has a unique way of using her breath (enjoyably audible in this intimate venue) that adds buoyancy and power to her dancing. Together, Bouder and Gomes looked dynamite, and they were fortunate to perform the most choreographically intriguing work of the evening.