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Still from NYCB's promotional video for Justin Peck's The Decalogue.© NYCB. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – HERE/NOW Festival No. 6 & 8 including Peck’s The Decalogue (premiere) – New York

★★★✰✰   With his latest, The Decalogue, which opened on May 12, Justin Peck seems to have turned a new page…

Sara Mearns and Jared Angle in Swan Lake.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – La Sonnambula, Prodigal Son, Firebird, Allegro Brillante, Swan Lake, Four Temperaments – New York

★★★★✰   Sara Mearns, who made her name as Swan Queen at the age of nineteen, is still the most thrilling Odette around.

Lauren King, Abi Stafford, Megan Fairchild, Ana Sophia Scheller and Sterling Hyltin in Divertimento No. 15.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Divertimento No. 15, Episodes, Vienna Waltzes – New York

★★★★✰   Divertimento’s aura still shines; you want to see it again, to figure out its fluid, almost magical transitions. It’s a shame it will only be performed four times this season; it takes more than that for the audience, and the dancers, to really get to know it.

Teresa Reichlen and Russell Janzen in Diamonds.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Jewels: Emeralds, Rubies, Diamonds – New York

★★★✰✰   What do you do with a problem like Jewels? This 1967 blockbuster by George Balanchine is a hard one to pull off…

Amar Ramasar and NYCB in Justin Peck’s The Most Incredible Thing.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Works By Balanchine, Martins, Peck and Wheeldon – Washington

★★★✰✰ The first of two mixed programs that New York City Ballet presented at the Kennedy Center Opera House in March offered a wide variety of works…

Adrian Danchig-Waring and Sara Mearns in Kim Brandstrup's Jeux.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Ash, This Bitter Earth, The Infernal Machine, Jeux, Paz de la Jolla – New York

★★★✰✰ Handsome to look at, with its film-noir lighting and flattering black 1940’s style dresses (by Marc Happel), Jeux nevertheless proves to be rather thin…

New York City Ballet in Justin Peck's The Most Incredible Thing.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – The Most Incredible Thing (premiere), Polaris, The Blue of the Distance, Common Ground, Estancia – New York

★★★✰✰ “Incredible is Peck’s first narrative, and this fact was obvious Tuesday night, particularly in the opening scenes which lacked clarity…”

Sara Mearns and Adrian Danchig-Waring in Glass Pieces.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Masters at Work and All Balanchine I bills – New York

★★★★✰ (20), ★★★✰✰ (21) The temperature in Glass Pieces was uncharacteristically low. Under the baton of Clotilde Otranto, the orchestra sounded muffled…

David Prottas and Taylor Stanley in The Last Time This Ended.© Matthew Murphy.

BalletCollective – All That We See, Dear and Blackbirds, The Last Time This Ended, Invisible Divide – New York

Troy Schumacher, a dancer at New York City Ballet as well as a choreographer and founder of the chamber dance company Ballet Collective, is a determined soul…

Joaquin De Luz in George Balanchine’s Harlequinade.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Harlequinade, N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz – New York

One expects Harlequinade to be a fairly routine and dramatically flat affair. But Tiler Peck and Joaquin De Luz – as Colombine and Harlequin – take it to another level.

New York City Ballet in George Balanchine’s Liebeslieder Walzer.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Liebeslieder Walzer, Tchaikovsky Suite No. 3 – New York

A great Liebeslieder is like a short story, a complete world in fifty minutes of dancing; this Liebeslieder is still a work in progress.

Georgina Pazcoguin and Meagan Mann in Justin Peck's New Blood, in costumes by Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony and Kenzo.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Fall Gala, with 4 premieres – New York

Nobody surpasses New York City Ballet in sleekness and urbanity. The company is like a glistening skyscraper: sharp-edged, diamantine and, sometimes, a little cold…

Teresa Reichlen in A Midsummer Night's Dream.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – New York

George Balanchine’s Midsummer Night’s Dream is really two ballets, layered one upon the other.

BalletCollective – The Impulse Wants Company, Dear and Blackbirds, All That We See – New York

Troy Schumacher’s BalletCollective company is a work in progress and unusually has a resident writer, Cynthia Zarin. Marina Harss, at New York’s Skirball Center, sees where they are all at…

Ashley Laracey in the studio (with Troy Schumacher).© Ani Collier, provided by Troy Schumacher. (Click image for larger version)

Two Young NYCB Choreographers on the Move: Justin Peck and Troy Schumacher

Two young NYCB choreographers have been out talking and showing what they do: Justin Peck at the Guggenheim and Troy Schumacher at the 92nd Street Y. Marina Harss on why they are so worth tracking…

Maria Kowroski in George Balanchine's Diamonds from Jewels.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Jewels: Emeralds, Rubies, Diamonds – Washington

In many ways, Jewels is Balanchine’s choreographic résumé – a retrospective and a vivid showcase of his aesthetics and creative genius…

Amar Ramasar and Maria Kowroski in the first aria of Stravinsky Violin Concerto.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Concerto Barocco, Four Temperaments, Stravinsky Violin Concerto – New York

Watching these three ballets, made over a span of thirty-two years, one can see how Balanchine’s style evolved toward the hyper-stylization of Violin Concerto…

Justin Peck and Teresa Reichlen in George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Concerto Barocco, Kammermusik No. 2, Who Cares? – New York

There is perhaps no better way to start off a season at New York City Ballet than with a performance of Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco.

Ashley Bouder as Choleric with Robert Fairchild and Adrian Danchig-Waring in The Four Temperaments.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Black & White Balanchine bill – New York

What most struck me on this particular evening was the transparency, and clarity of intention, that marked each work.

Clifton Brown and Kana Kimura in Lang's I.N.K..© Takao Komaru. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet v6.0 Festival – Whim W’Him, BalletCollective and Jessica Lang Dance – New York

The Ballet v6.0 Festival has just been on at New York’s Joyce Theater and Marina Harss was there for. So where are young choreographers taking contemporary ballet…?

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