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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….

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.

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.

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.

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.

Megan Fairchild and Chase Finlay in George Balanchine's Duo Concertant.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Black and White program – New York

I’ve noticed two troubling trends this season at New York City Ballet. Perhaps they are connected. The first is the creeping tendency toward stolid tempi from the pit…

Ashley Bouder in Firebird.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Concerto Barocco, Kammermusik No. 2, Firebird, Symphony in C – Saratoga Springs

After the dreary bombast of Alexei Ratmansky’s recent Firebird for American Ballet Theatre, the Balanchine/Robbins version, with its blessedly shorter score (Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite), heavenly Chagall designs and the great Ashley Bouder in one of her first great roles, was a welcome palliative.

Tyler Angle and Tiler Peck in Two Hearts. © Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Spring Gala – New York

I think it’s safe to say that neither of the new works knocked the planet off its axis…

Ask la Cour, Rebecca Krohn, Janie Taylor and Ashley Bouder in Serenade. © Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Opening Night of Spring Season – New York

It’s becoming something of a New York City Ballet tradition to start off the season with, if not a whimper, then let’s say a less-than-stellar performance. Perhaps it’s a kind of exorcism, a ritual cleansing. Maybe that’s why the gala usually takes place a few days later…

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