★★★✰✰ Be careful what you wish for. The Boy in Alexei Ratmansky’s Whipped Cream wishes for unlimited sweets; overfulfillment sends him to the hospital with sugar hallucinations.
★★★★✰ Jessica Lang’s Her Notes is a lovely and poetic work, though one with a slightly subdued effect. It is almost too tasteful.
★★★★✰ This is a production that lives and breathes, and which rewards multiple viewings, changing subtly with each cast.
★★★✰✰ Shostakovich Trilogy is a rich work, containing too much to take in at a single sitting. It reveals some of its secrets, but not all.
★★★★✰ “Ratmansky’s new staging is a Beauty like you have never seen before: it uncovers the original ballet’s genuine beauty, which faded over the years under the clutter of modern revisions.”
ABT galas are more laid-back than City Ballet’s; they’re less “produced,” with fewer speeches or slick video presentations. For the most part, the company just gets on with the show, with minimum fuss.
Two 2 casts reeviewed – led out by Stella Abrera and a guesting Marianela Nunez. But the star of Cinderella is the ballet itself – Ashton’s tribute to Petipa, to silliness, and to the power of childlike wonder…
One could imagine a fine partnership developing between Cornejo and Obraztsova. Both are generous and open-hearted performers.
The million-dollar question for any dancer on the cusp is this: can they carry an evening-length story ballet? The answer, on the evidence of Copeland’s début in Romeo and Juliet, is yes.
But no end of fine, or even inspired, performances can breathe life into this tired production
Perhaps the most striking element in Alexei Ratmansky’s new Sleeping Beauty for American Ballet Theatre is its musicality, the way the steps, peppered with accents and breaths, unspool within the music.
American Ballet Theatre know how to do a Gala and this was their 75th Anniversary as well – Everybody seemed to have a good time says Marina Harss…
Critics have compared the new Liam Scarlett to Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering; if so, it’s as if Dances had been set in an unhappy corner of the planet, for a group of lost souls…
American Ballet Theatre – Gala: Rondo Capriccioso, With a Chance of Rain, Thirteen Diversions – New York
Liam Scarlett’s “With a Chance of Rain” premiere – It seemed Marcelo Gomes and Hee Seo might never detach from each other in the final pas de deux…
The three dancers who took their leave this week – Sascha Radetsky, Yuriko Kajiya and Jared Matthews – are all soloists. Each led a different cast of the company’s 1997 production of Coppélia.
Who but Frederick Ashton could turn a marital spat into one of the most delightful, touching works in the ballet repertoire? His 1964 The Dream is precisely that…
American Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake is looking tired …bogged down by reams of flavorless dancing.
American Ballet Theatre – Theme and Variations, The Moor’s Pavane, A Month in the Country, Piano Concerto #1 – New York
On Sunday, American Ballet Theatre’s two-week fall season draws to a close. By most measures, it’s been a success…
Throughout the Bach Partita, Tharp’s movement is technical, precise, and highly articulated. As with Balanchine, the bodies are always distinct, framed in space.