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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…

Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild at the Carolina Chocolate Drops/Twyla Tharp show.© Rahav Segev. (Click image for larger version)

Twyla Tharp Countrified – working with Carolina Chocolate Drops, Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild

Twyla Tharp loves Americana. She’s made dances to Shaker hymns and to the crooning voice of Frank Sinatra, and whipped up steps to the super-sophisticated piano tunes of Willie “The Lion” Smith. So it’s no surprise…

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.

The Snowflakes in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

The Nutcracker – from New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Gelsey Kirkland Ballet – New York

So far this season I’ve seen three “traditional” Nutcrackers: Ratmansky’s version for American Ballet Theatre, Gelsey Kirkland’s, and the familiar and much-loved 1954 staging by George Balanchine for New York City Ballet. All three have their charms…

Rocking Tyler Angle to sleep in Namouna.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Spectral Evidence, Soirée Musicale, Namouna – New York

One feels as Débussy did when he wrote, at the end of the nineteenth century, that “amid too many silly ballets, Lalo’s Namouna is something of a masterpiece.”

Megan Fairchild and Taylor Stanley in Peter Martins' Jeu de Cartes.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Tradition and Innovation & Just for Fun bills – New York

Jeu de Cartes, by Peter Martins, is jaunty and busy, a cross between the pas de deux in Balanchine’s Rubies, the trios in Danses Concertantes, and the non-stop action of Martins’ Fearful Symmetries….

Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild in Spectral Evidence by Angelin Preljocaj.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Fall Gala – New York

Amid all the fuss about the costumes, the choreogaphy paled… What a joy, then, to see a section of Western Symphony, with those marvelous frou-frou tutus by Karinska and that euphoric outpouring of Balanchine’s’ crisp, witty steps.

The Company in Justin Peck's In Creases.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – In Creases (new Peck) quad bill – New York

Creases revealed, once again, Just Peck’s ability to create strikingly imaginative patterns and formations onstage.

Julie Kent and Roberto Bolle in Marcelo Gomes' Apothéose.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Spring Gala – New York

Symphony in C, a luminous outpouring of legs and arms, crisp geometries, bobbing rhythms, and articulate patter-like conversations for the feet, is a vivid reminder of why one goes to the ballet at all. Luminosity and classical logic, laced with wit and intelligence.

Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild in Christopher Wheeldon's A Place for Us.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Spring Gala with Wheeldon premiere – New York

But ‘A Place for Us’ (new Wheeldon) feels like a bauble, not quite a jewel.

Janie Taylor and Anthony Huxley in George Balanchine's Ivesiana.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Who Cares?, Ivesiana, Tarantella, Stars & Stripes – New York

But stuck in the middle of all this brightness was Ivesiana, like a ghost at a birthday party. It is a most unsettling ballet.

NYCB in George Balanchine's Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Swan Lake, Allegro Brillante, Tsch Suite No. 3 – Washington

The revitalizing impact of Balanchine’s choreography on Tchaikovsky’s music was particularly evident in the all-Tchaikovsky, all-Balanchine program presented by New York City Ballet at the Kennedy Center Opera House during the last week of March.

Teresa Reichlen.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Teresa Reichlen – New York City Ballet – Principal

Teresa Reichlen – known as Tess by friends and colleagues – is an immediately striking dancer: tall, pale, preternaturally serene. She could be a Madonna in a painting by Botticelli.

Justin Peck in N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz by Jerome Robbins.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

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

N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz is certainly not Robbins’ finest or most original work but perhaps because of its relative straightforwardness, it reveals much about what is so remarkable about this choreographer.

Sterling Hyltin and Amar Ramasar in Justin Peck’s Paz de la Jolla.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Paz de la Jolla premiere and bill – New York

It’s a good thing indeed when a visit to the ballet turns out to be a night full of surprises, all of them good.

Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild in Divertimento from 'Baiser de la Fée'.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Divertimento from Le Baiser de la Fée quad bill – New York

Is there a ballet more deceptive than Balanchine’s Divertimento from ‘Le Baiser de la Fée’? If so, I’m not aware of it.

Sara Mearns and Company in George Balanchine's Serenade.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Serenade, Mozartiana, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 – New York

I’m not yet fully convinced of the wisdom of New York City Ballet’s thematic seasons, organized around the music of a single composer….

Poster image for the 2012 festival. © Festival Internacional de Ballet de La Habana 2012. (Click image for larger version)

23rd International Ballet Festival of Havana, 2012

The festival was as intensive as ever, with three performances running on seven days, four on one day, some concurrently. The range and quality of dance overall was impressive.

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Natalia Makarova Honoured at The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honours

The Honors are America’s highest award for those whose creative triumphs influenced and enhanced American culture. This is a celebration of their outstanding careers and extraordinary talents and appreciation of their unyielding commitment and contribution to the arts.

The snowflakes in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City ballet – George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker – New York

When something is beautifully made it never gets old. So it is with Balanchine’s Nutcracker, first performed by New York City Ballet in 1954 and honed to near-perfection over the years.

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