‘Breaking Pointe’ finale: ‘Curtain Call’
In six episodes, we’ve gotten to know a few members of Ballet West and it’s time to say goodbye. In the last episode first broadcast on 5 July 2012, we see how Rex Tilton handles his fall during the performance when you thought there wasn’t any more drama possible, somehow the filmmakers found some. You can view this episode on-demand at The CW website.
The last episode has a heaven emphasis on romantic relationships. There’s a parallel between Christiana Bennett and her husband Christopher Ruud and the troubled maybe-maybe not relationship of Allison DeBona and Rex Tilton we’ve seen throughout the six episodes. It’s sort of sane versus a bit mental. DeBona has been the source of most of the drama that the audience of “Breaking Pointe” has seen.
We don’t know if there are more like her, but we do know that artistic director Adam Sklute knows how to test his dancers and he’s quite frank about what he expects. He’s made it clear to the audience that he doesn’t have time for some of the childish tantrums and passive-aggressive ploys we’ve seen from DeBona. To a lesser extent, we also see a parallel between Katie Martin and Ronald Tilton.
Tilton is at Ballet West with his brother, Ronald. They come from a ballet family–their brother Ray is at the San Francisco Ballet.
Ruud is from a ballet family as well. His father, Tomm Ruud, was a dancer and choreographer. Ruud has choreographed pieces that have been performed at Ballet West. He and his wife are both principal dancers, but they are getting older and this is a young and unforgiving profession.
As principal dancers for a leading company, they must be thinking where to next and if and when they will start a family.
The Rex Tilton and Allison DeBona relationship is a trainwreck and I’m not sure if I really want to see more. Everyone, of course, is concerned about Rex Tilton because during his first performance as the lead of the second cast for “Petite Mort” he fell. He fell, but at least he rolled and wasn’t badly injured. He wasn’t crying as Allison DeBona was after she performed a wobbly solo to “Paquita” during opening night as part of the first cast because the conductor had the tempo slower than she’d have wanted. Slower is better than faster, right?
Rex’s brothers Ronald and Ray took him out to eat. Rex confesses that he’s bothered that Allison DeBona wasn’t even around to comfort him after he fell. He was there for her when she had that “Tempo Tantrum.” We learn that DeBona hasn’t even been able to say that she likes Rex. Dump her Rex.
We see how the company reacts to a review and this should be a must-see for all critics. We know these are real people and we have seen their hard work. There is an injury and we don’t see it, but we see the result. Beckanne Sisk has to step in. Having the second cast then makes sense. It’s also important to understand that partnerships between a female and male dancer aren’t interchangeable. You can’t replace one man with another when one gets sick.
We haven’t seen a lot of Katie Martin, Ronald Tilton’s girlfriend who will be leaving Ballet West. But she’s the roomie of the sweet and very talented Beckanne Sisk. They get together for some girl-time. We’ll have to see if there’s a second season to follow up on the Ronald-Katie connection.
There’s also that sense that there no security as Sklute is going to New York City to look at new potential dancers for his company.
What I would like to see is a bit more diversity. If you look at the roster of the dancers, you’ll see that not everyone is white. Couldn’t we look at how it is for the ethnic Asian soloist or the black woman member of the corps. I’d like to see Ruud making the transition from principal dancer to choreographer.
It might be a good balance to see people who have retired from the company and see what they are doing or to see the disappointment of someone who is injured and their rehab to performance. Please, please don’t give us another drama queen like Allison DeBona, but I also don’t feel we need a real villain. This is reality and sometimes it isn’t pretty, but I like the level-headed intelligence of Adam Sklute.