Ballet Pacifica is celebrating its 25th anniversary, which founding artistic director Lila Zali credits in part to the Laguna Beach-based company starting small and building modestly.
But if its aims have been modest, so too, apparently, have been its achievements.
Saturday at the Moulton Theatre in Laguna Beach, the company looked uneven, insecure, unfinished, in some cases unprepared. Yet, with the exception of some hard-working younger members--doubtless still students--it also looked oddly self-satisfied.
Kitty Sue McCoy seemed to have modeled her new "Shades of the Orient" (music by the group Japan) upon, Lord help us, a Gerald Arpino rock ballet, down even to the suggestion of mottled lighting. But, fortunately, McCoy's pseudo-Hindu romp was considerably shorter than Arpino's egregious "Light Rain."
Otherwise, the wavy arms, slinky postures and backbends all looked derived from the Joffrey Ballet popmeister. McCoy's contribution seemed limited to having the dancers wear only one slipper (the other foot bare), which lent them a slightly hobbled look.