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Sacramento Ballet’s Modern Masters


Posted on March 28

Darrell Grand Moultrie
Darrell Grand Moultrie Photography by Keith Sutter

Each spring, I look forward to Sacramento Ballet’s Modern Masters program for its thought-provoking performances. I’ve never been disappointed, and I know I won’t be this year because I’ve already seen a preview with one of the program’s choreographers, Darrell Grand Moultrie, at a recent in-studio presentation.

During a demonstration of Jazzin’, Moultrie spoke not only of dancers extending their personas toward the audience, but also of dancers drawing the audience toward themselves. To do so, Moultrie consciously includes gestures that audience members can relate to, such as the sensual feel of a man running a hand down the length of a woman’s leg while the couple reclines. Could it be that no matter how much dazzle this freelance choreographer from Harlem throws at audiences—and there’s plenty in Jazzin’—his greatest strength lies in closing the gap between dancer and audience? You can decide for yourself March 29–31 at Three Stages. The production also includes Septime Webre’s Fluctuating Hemlines and Edwaard Liang’s Wunderland.

Who: Sacramento Ballet
What: Modern Masters
Where: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College
When: March 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m., and March 31 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $40.50, available here

Watch an excerpt from Jazzin’ here.