There is a method to the beautiful madness in the final program of the José Mateo Ballet Theatre season

"Escape"
“Escape”

There’s both “Method and Madness” aplenty in José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s final program of the season. From the moment the stage lights up to the final steps, the dancers leave it all on the floor in a production that serves as a guided journey through the evolution of Mateo’s career.

The program includes one of Mateo’s earliest works, “The Sirens,” a haunting ballet he premiered in 1989 shortly after forming the company. Set to Vivaldi’s baroque “Concerto in A Minor,” it is artfully simplistic and focused on the choreography.

Presented in chronological order, the ballets illustrate the Cuban-born choreographer’s creative trajectory, the audience watches the work mature and transform. One of the darkest narratives is found in “The Escape” (2004). Costumed in shades of green, back-dropped by sky-blue scenery, the female dancers are trapped in repressive environment they must dance free of. Angie DeWolf embraces her lead role in a ballet that begins slowly, the music building along with the drama of the piece.

The closing performance, “Over and Over” (2009), features some of his most dynamic choreography to date — particularly in the second half, a trio sequence cannon led by Emma Ward and Magdalena Gyftopoulos. Ellen Scherer’s solo performance serves as the quiet eye of the storm before a finale that leaves the audience wowed.

If you go

José Mateo Ballet Theatre presents “Method and Madness”

Through April 21

The Sanctuary Theatre

400 Harvard St., Cambridge

$40, 617-354-7467

ballettheatre.org



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

NYPD looking for man they say assaulted elderly…

      The New York City Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating a Hispanic male 20's wanted in connection with…

Local

Three arrested after allegedly assaulting off-duty officer in…

Three men were arrested early Saturday morning after allegedly assaulting an off-duty officer at a Bronx bodega, and the NYPD is asking for the public's…

Local

Healthcare union creates vibrant West Indian Day Parade…

Volunteers worked almost around the clock through the weekend, putting the flashy finishing touches on hundreds of costume pieces 1199SEIU members will wear while marching…

National

Top 10 most hipster college campuses

Hipsters are everywhere these days. You can't walk down the anywhere anymore without seeing a pair of skinny jeans on a handlebar mustachioed 20-something, a…

Arts

Theater: Discouraging 'Poor Behavior'

Theresa Rebeck's latest off-Broadway play, about two couples sparring on a weekend getaway, repeats a few mistakes of her past.

Gossip

Chef Todd English arrested for DWI in the…

Celebrity chef Todd English is facing DWI charges after a traffic stop on Sunday.

Movies

Box office: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is 2014's…

This weekend "The Guardians of the Galaxy" passed the fourth "Transformers" movie to become the highest grossing film of 2014.

Gossip

Spears back with controversial ex?

Is Briteny Spears back with Adnan Ghalib?

Sports

Novak Djokovic feeds off US Open crowd to…

Novak Djokovic isn't a native New Yorker, but he sure knows how to use the U.S. Open crowd to his advantage.

NFL

Odell Beckham still 'weeks away,' Tom Coughlin angry…

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has fought a losing battle against the media all preseason over the status of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

Education

These college students think breakfast is the most…

  It should be no surprise that the city that never sleeps is also home to the most students who like to order food in…

Sex

When it comes to dating, height matters

Does a man’s height really matter when it comes to dating? Unfortunately - according to a new study - the answer looks like it’s yes.…

Travel

10 free apps to make traveling easier

Finding the nearest bathroom, calculating currency exchanges and locating your departure gate must have been difficult for travelers of previous generations. But we wouldn't know,…

Travel

How to get a seat upgrade to business…

It used to be much easier to upgrade your coach seat to business or even first class, but rigid rules and tighter schedules have made…