When BalletFleming presented Dancing in the Streets, an original ballet choreographed by the company’s artistic director Christopher Fleming to pop music of the late ’60s, at the Painted Bride Art Center this past September, a good portion of the audience lingered long after the show was over. “They didn’t want to leave,” recalls Tim Monsul, BalletFleming’s board president. “There was so much energy in the room, and everyone wanted to stay with it.”
The company seeks to rekindle that energy with The Movement of the Heart, presented at the Bride this week. The show features seven works that all tie into some kind of emotion, including an outtake from Dancing in the Streets, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” performed by Dillon Anthony and Gina-marie Battista. It’s a pas de deux both on and off stage; they’re engaged to be married.
“We’re pushing the whole Valentine’s thing,” says Fleming.