Ode to Technique

The Dance Scene
Ming Li, woman, and Wei Wei of Hong Kong Ballet in “Black on Black.” Photo Christopher Duggan

The most striking moment in Hong Kong Ballet’s “Black on Black,” which premièred in the United States at Jacob’s Pillow last week, was a scene late in the work. A man stands alone, clutching a great swath of silk folded like wings that soar into the sky above him. Suddenly, he snaps the silk away and the wings shoot out of sight, leaving the man earthbound and alone. It was one of many breathtaking moments from a company that combines a steely regard for discipline with startling theatricality. And the music, Henryk Górecki’s String Quartet No.

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