the masses flew toward the opening night of New York City Ballet for a program comprised of ballets that did not exemplify Balanchine’s prized esoteric black & white geometry – his unique left-brain creative output, if you will – bu...
This week we have the distinct pleasure of welcoming Patricia McBride, beloved Balanchine Ballerina. Patricia McBride is one of the most treasured ballerinas of the 20th century. In a career that spanned nearly 3 decades, she performed dozens of leading roles in the repertoire of the New York City Ballet. Show More Summary
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(The Jardin Anime scene in the Bolshoi Ballet's production of Le Corsaire. Photo by Damir Yusupov.) June 20 & 21 - The Bolshoi's new production of Le Corsaire, shown in Washington DC last week, is a reconstruction of the original 19th...Show More Summary
(Natalia Osipova and Herman Cornejo at curtain call.) Wed, Jun 17 - Natalia Osipova was even better in tonight's La Sylphide than she was in Giselle on Saturday. Her jumps, as they were over the weekend, were still gasp-inducing, yet...Show More Summary
(Photo: Paul Kolnik) Tues, Jun 16 - New York City Ballet concluded its spring season this year with George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Based on the Shakespeare play of the same name, it is a light, early-summer creamsicle of a ballet. Show More Summary
(Curtain call for American Ballet Theatre's Giselle, my photo.) Sat, Jun 13 - I really enjoyed tonight's performance of Giselle at American Ballet Theatre. The main attraction was guest star Natalia Osipova from the Bolshoi Ballet, dancing in the title role. Show More Summary
(A 2004 photo of New York City Ballet in Liebeslieder Walzer, choreographedby George Balanchine. Photo by Paul Kolnik. ) It is hard to describe what exactly makes Liebeslieder Walzer such a beautiful work. It's not just a ballet, for even though there is plenty of dancing, the performance of the music is just as important. Show More Summary
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(The opening part of Jerome Robbins' Glass Pieces. Photo by Paul Kolnik.) Thurs, June 11 - New York City Ballet performed an evening of all Jerome Robbins ballets tonight, and it was my first time seeing all four of these works (though I have read much about them over time). Show More Summary
Sat, Jun 6 – Balanchine's version of Swan Lake, created in 1951, is the Balanchine's one-act distillation of the themes and dances from the traditional, evening-length Swan Lake. The full ballet's iconic choreography - mostly, Lev Ivanov's lakeside dances from Acts 2 and 4 - is filtered through Balanchine's own style with slight alterations. Show More Summary