Ballet de Lorraine Cultural Centre The month-long Le French May festival ended triumphantly last night with an exciting performance by the Ballet de Lorraine featuring works by American choreographers Merce Cunningham and Karole Armitage. This cutting-edge programme began with Schrodinger's Cat by resident choreographer Armitage. This ensemble work featured three couples in various duets. The dancers were all clad in black, and many of them wore masks. It was refreshing to see classical technique pushed beyond its limits by the dancers in numerous sky-high leg extensions and hip-thrusts. The rapid razor-sharp steps of the first duet were brilliantly danced, and excitement continued with the second duet. Some dazzling choreography followed. The later duets were more weighty and expansive leading to an explosive finale. A welcome contrast to the frantic activity of the first work was provided by the second work Duets by Cunningham, whose company toured Hong Kong in April. Here, the different duets for the six couples were calmer and more lyrical. These well-centred duets evoked the harmony and the beauty of form of classical ballet. And finally to close the evening was another Armitage work, Rave. The ballet was a mixture of a techno party and a fashion show, set to a pulsating score by David Shea. It was performed with much relish by the whole company. This well-chosen dance programme epitomised the theme of Le French May - a celebration of the best of France's new creations and artistic heritage.