Violinist “Benjamin Bowman played the solo violin with beautifully singing eloquence” -NYTimes
The reviews are coming in for the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) performances of Ratmansky’s new choreography to Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade. Here are some quotes highlighting violinist Benjamin Bowman:
It’s a marvel of musicality; you hear this American concerto (Benjamin Bowman played the solo violin with beautifully singing eloquence) far better for watching the #dance. And yet Mr. Ratmansky’s “Symposium” also evokes conversation, debate, camaraderie, an Athenian evening of philosophical talk in the days of Socrates when men did the talking and the voting.
-New York Times, full review here.
In the new ballet, Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, Ratmansky once again enters new choreographic terrain. Set to Leonard Bernstein’s five-movement violin concerto of the same name, the ballet for seven men and one woman is a kind of danced conversation…Bernstein’s music is enigmatic, searching, and surprisingly dance-friendly. The violin soloist, Benjamin Bowman, played with a haunting sweetness.
-DanceTabs, full review here.
“Benjamin Bowman’s own performance…set the pace and was so perfectly timed to the dancing that music and choreography appeared indelibly twinned.” -Critics At Large, full review here.